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New Olmsted Medical Center president takes mantle

Olmsted Medical Center's new president and board of governors chairwoman, Dr. Kathryn Lombardo, began her first term last week.

Lombardo joined OMC's department of psychiatry and psychology in 1994 and most recently served as chairwoman of that department. She was elected to succeed internist Dr. Roy A. Yawn, who served two three-year terms as OMC's president beginning in 2006.

Born in South Dakota, Lombardo graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1986, and completed a Mayo Clinic psychiatry residency in 1994. She joined Olmsted Medical Center as a full-time adult psychiatrist in 1994.

As a physician-led organization, OMC encourages its senior clinician leaders to continue seeing patients. Lombardo will maintain a clinical schedule while serving as OMC's president, splitting her time between seeing patients and her administrative role.

"I've been involved administratively in our organization for many years as a department chair," says Lombardo. "I love caring for my patients. And now, as OMC's president, I'll be working within the organization at a whole new level. OMC is growing, building, and changing, and that's exciting."

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As OMC president, Lombardo plans to continue the organization's practice of responsible, measured growth, the delivery of exceptional patient care, and the efficient operations that contribute both to OMC's positive financial performance and its reputation as a preferred employer.

"On my immediate agenda are the two things OMC's leadership has always put front and center," says Lombardo. "Providing the best and most personal healthcare possible, and maintaining OMC's reputation as a 'best place to work' in Southeastern Minnesota."

Lombardo is the first woman elected to the role of OMC president, and will join an executive cabinet that is mostly female.

"At OMC, many of our leadership roles are filled by women. For me, the fact that they are women isn't as important as the fact that they provide capable, competent leadership. I am proud of the work we've already done together, and very much look forward to continuing that work as OMC's president," she says.

Olmsted Medical Center, a not-for-profit organization, has 160 clinicians and 1,000 health-care professionals at 18 locations.

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