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Petition to Oust NSH CEO Kimber Wraalstad Has 500 Signers

Michelle Miller, a longtime resident of Cook County, started an online petition to submit to the North Shore Health (NSH) board of directors at its next meeting seeking the immediate removal of current CEO Kimber Wraalstad.

Miller spoke to the board at its meeting on November 16 about the toxic workplace that Wraalstad oversees, culminating in the termination of longtime and popular ER doctor Bruce Dahlman.

Recognizing that there is a groundswell of concern in the community about the issue of a hostile work environment at NSH, Miller created the petition, planning to deliver it to the hospital board at their next public meeting.

The petition went online on Friday afternoon, the 24th. As of Tuesday morning, there were 476 signers, with more signing throughout the day.

Hearing from some people that the issue will blow over, Miller said, “This is too important to let it blow over.” She recognizes that positive changes at NSH will require a sustained effort from members of the public to influence NSH directors and staff.

The petition states: “A devastating loss of valuable employees has occurred across all departments under the administration of Kimber Wraalstad.  This significant drop in employee retention rates has led to our hospital being regularly and severely understaffed in many departments.”

The demand concludes, “We, the citizens of Cook County, as well as the part-time residents and frequent visitors who vacation here, (ALL of whom depend on healthcare and emergency services from NSH), demand that the Board of Directors of NSH take immediate action by removing Kimber Wraalstad from her position as Administrator.”

Miller created the petition on the website www.Change.org, titled Demand the removal of Kimber Wraalstad as Administrator of North Shore Health, under Citizens Concerned for Cook County Healthcare. To sign the petition, go online to Change.org and enter the title in the search field.

Change.org is an international, non-profit social change platform started in 2007.

Miller wrote in the petition, “We believe this action is vital and necessary to ensure that excellent healthcare can once again thrive at North Shore Health, Cook County, Minnesota. Stand with us in demanding that the NSH Board of Directors make this change at North Shore Health; sign this petition today!”

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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