VMH Board of Directors

Those on our VMH Board of Directors represent organizations and communities, as well as the community VMH serves. Their duties include the preservation and further development of rural healthcare and protection of the assets of the organization.

Tom Weston
Viroqua, WI

Peter Hughes - Chair
La Crosse, WI

Vicki Anderson - Secretary
Viroqua, WI

Paul Larsen - Treasurer
Viroqua, WI

Kimberly Turnmire
Viola, WI

Staci Kring - Vice Chair
Westby, WI

Steve Michaels
Westby, WI

Joan Peterson
La Farge, WI

Paul Woodward
Viroqua, WI


David Hartberg
CEO, Administrator

Scott Leckey
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Lovejoy
Chief Operating Officer

Kristy Wiltrout, RN
Chief Nursing Officer

From the Beginning

The Vernon Memorial Hospital Association was formed in November 1946 to organize a countywide fund drive to build a new hospital. Vernon Memorial Hospital first opened for patient care in September 1951, with a 31-bed capacity. 17 more beds were added shortly after, along with a maternity wing in 1956, diagnostic and outpatient wing in 1969, and south wing in 1971.

The 1990s brought considerable expansion and growth, including a three-level addition, the main entrance moving from Main Street to the East side of the building, and an Emergency Department and H.E.A.R.T. Center (housing Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Rehab and the VMH Wellness Center). The Physical and Occupational Therapy departments were also remodeled, a Renal Dialysis unit opened, and therapy pool, racquetball court and H.E.A.R.T. Center expansion were completed before VMH’s 50th anniversary.

Through the years, VMH has expanded our care offerings to residents throughout the region, acquiring Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic in Soldiers Grove in 1993, Bland Clinic in Westby and Hirsch Clinic in Viroqua in 1994, La Farge Medical Clinic in 2003, and Solar Town Pharmacy in Soldiers Grove in 2005.

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