This award is presented to a new professional who has demonstrated tremendous promise for and commitment to
improving the health of rural North Dakota residents. Nominees must have five years or less experience
serving in a rural community.
2018 – Joshua C. Ranum, MD, West River Health Services, Hettinger
2017 – Ben Bucher, FNP-BC, MBA, CEO, Towner County Medical Center, Cando
2016 – Nikki Johnson, Cooperstown Medical Center and Griggs County Care Center, Cooperstown
2015 – Tina Schwartz, BSBA, Northwood Deaconess Health Center, Northwood
2014 – Ivan Mitchell, MPA, MHA, Chief Executive Officer, Towner County Medical Center,