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Grant Regional Health Center is affiliated with HealthTech. Working in partnership with hospital boards, healthcare providers and employees, HealthTech seeks to build healthcare systems that are locally focused and nationally recognized as the standard by which community hospitals are judged. With this association, Grant Regional Health Center gains access to an array of financial, strategic, professional and support services, in addition to HealthTech's 30 years of experience with community healthcare facilities. Grant Regional Health Center's administrative team and board of directors work closely with HealthTech to ensure the delivery of top-quality healthcare.

Board of directors

Nicole Clapp

President and CEO

Nicole Clapp

Clapp became the president and CEO of Grant Regional Health Center in 2006. She is board-certified in healthcare management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was named the Wisconsin Chapter's Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2004.

Clapp has led Grant Regional Health Center's collaborative effort to create service excellence through touching lives by working with the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida, since 2002. Clapp was instrumental in Grant Regional Health Center's being recognized as a Solucient's Top 100 Performance Improvement Leader Hospital in 2004. Under Clapp's leadership, Grant Regional obtained the Wisconsin Forward Award in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Grant Regional was recognized as an iVantage Top 100 Hospital along with Becker's 100 Great Hospitals. In 2015, Grant Regional received a five-star patient experience rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Also in 2014 and again in 2015, Clapp was recognized as one of Becker's 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.

Clapp graduated with honors and distinction from The University of Iowa, where she obtained her bachelor of science degree in 1993 and her master of science degree in nursing administration in 1996.

Clapp represents Grant Regional Health Center as a board member for the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, National Certifying Board for Dietary Managers, and Badgerland Girl Scout Council. Clapp chairs the Wisconsin Hospital Association Workforce Development Council. She enjoys volunteering for the Lancaster Lion's Club, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the Lancaster PEO Chapter X, and the National American Legion Auxiliary. In her spare time, Clapp loves returning to Iowa to root for her alma mater, The University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Jennifer Rutkowski

Vice President of Professional Services

Jennifer Rutkowski

Jennifer Rutkowski joined Grant Regional Health Center in February 2006 as vice president of professional services. Rutkowski is responsible for overseeing nursing, infection control, rehab, radiology, rural health clinics and compliance social services. She is also involved in strategic planning, physician recruitment and enhancement of services. Rutkowski received an associate degree in nursing in 1991 from SWTC in Fennimore; a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2001 from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa; and a master's in nursing and master's in business administration/healthcare management in 2005 from the University of Phoenix. Rutkowski is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is certified in healthcare compliance. Rutkowski has worked in various nursing positions, including administrative supervisor/nursing and director of nursing, prior to joining Grant Regional Health Center's team.

Dawn Bandy

Chief Financial Officer

Dawn Bandy

Bandy received an associate certificate in accounting from NICC in May 1987 and a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in accounting, from University of Dubuque in 1999.

Bandy is responsible for the oversight of finance, health information management, business office, registration, materials management and information systems functions of the hospital. She participates in strategic planning and physician recruitment initiatives of the hospital.

Bandy served as the finance manager for the Finley Hospital in Dubuque before joining Grant Regional on Jan. 28, 2013. She served as the business office/finance manager for Grant Regional Health Center from 1999 to 2008 before returning in 2013. Bandy has over 25 years of accounting experience, with the majority of those years served in a healthcare environment.

2016–2017 board of directors

Front row: David Kurihara, Jessica Varnam, Mark Hoehne, Ted Schacht, Kris Wolf, Bob Hoffman

Back row: Tom Gildersleeve, Tom Vondrum, Jessica Hermsen, Ellen Conley, Eric Stader


Contact us

Grant Regional Health Center
507 S. Monroe St.
Lancaster, WI 53813
608.723.3290 (TDD)
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