Chief Executive Officer Mike Delfs joined Jamestown Regional Medical Center in spring 2019. Delfs is a Langdon, N.D., native with many years of experience in the Upper Midwest. He began his career as a certified nursing assistant and gradually worked his way to CEO, most recently at Mercy Hospital, a critical access hospital in Moose Lake, Minn.
Jamestown Regional Medical Center has a ton of opportunity. I am interested in JRMC because its service lines are similar to my previous employer and I know I can help develop them. I was also attracted to JRMC’s excellent culture, award-winning care and because JRMC is a Best Place to Work. Jamestown is also closer to home and grandchildren. It is seldom when personal and professional goals line up so well, however, that is what happened in this case.
Prior to my start in healthcare, my wife and I ran a restaurant in Wahpeton, N.D. After we sold it, I needed work to support our two children. I enjoyed serving as a certified nursing assistant because I connected to helping people who really needed it. After working as a CNA for two years, my organization promoted me to a supervisor. A passion ignited in me while in the supervisor role, so I finished my bachelor’s and master’s degrees so I could continue to serve others. Starting in that area of healthcare gives me a unique perspective. Not many CEOs started as a CNA. My background helps me connect with and support each department in the hospital.