Fairview Range taps new prez, CEO

Fairview Range, a Hibbing-based medical provider, announced today it has selected Debra Boardman to serve as its new president and CEO. Her appointment to lead Hibbing’s largest employer was approved last Wednesday, Sept. 30, during a special board meeting. The medical group employs about 1,000 people total.

Boardman will come to Fairview from Crookston, where she has been as president and CEO of Riverview Health for the past 20 years.

But Boardman traces her roots back to Northeast Minnesota, having grown up in Grand Rapids. Early in her work life, she also worked at Hanna Mining Co. in Hibbing and National Steel Pellet Co. in Keewatin.

Boardman’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica, where she majored in business management with a minor in healthcare management; and a long-term administration degree from the University of Minnesota.

Boardman said she was excited and honored by her appointment in a press release issued today. She went on to say: "It’s like coming home for me. The people I met during the interview process were so warm and welcoming, and I’m anxious to get onboard and get to know the community and organization better.

Fairview Range’s current president and CEO, Larry Pfaff, announced last year his plans to retire in December 2009. He has led the medical group since 1997.

Based in Hibbing, Fairview Range is a medical group that includes Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi; Fairview Mesaba Clinics in Hibbing, Nashwauk, Chisholm and Mountain Iron; Fairview Mesaba Pharmacy and Fairview HealthLine, a home-care, hospice and and medical supply provider. Fairview Range also owns the Greenview Alzheimer’s Residence, a facility that’s located on its central campus in Hibbing.