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Cuero hospital names new administrator

By Victoria Advocate
Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.

Ivar "Skip" Gjolberg

Ivar "Skip" Gjolberg is the new administrator at Cuero Community Hospital.

Gjolberg, currently the chief administrative officer at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, will begin his duties in Cuero in mid-October, according to a news release from the hospital.

Gjolberg will replace Darryl Stefka, who has been with the hospital since it opened in 1970 and became administrator in 2004.

Gjolberg graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education-exercise technology.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Texas State University in 1990 and a Master of Science degree in safety engineering from Texas A&M University in 2003.

Gjolberg was the director of physical therapy for Associated Health Focus in Temple from 1990 to 1993.

From 1994 to 2005 Gjolberg worked at St. Joseph Health System in Bryan in a number of roles.

In 2005, he became assistant administrator/division manager of support services for Sacred Heart Hospital followed by assistant administrator/division manager of clinical services at St. Joseph's Hospital both for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis., respectively, according to the news release.

He has been chief administrative officer for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital since July 2011.

Gjolberg is a member and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, executive board member of the Rural Wisconsin Healthcare Cooperative, chairman of the Wisconsin Hospital Association's Council on Rural Health and a member of that council's committee on public policy and member of the National Rural Health Association.

Gjolberg is a previous member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Physical Therapy Association in which he was vice chairman of the Heart of Texas District.

He was also the committee chairman for the Blinn College-Physical Therapist Assistant advisory committee.

Gjolberg has been an active community member in all the communities he has lived, according to the news release.

He served as vice president of the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation, was a founder of the Holy Family Parish men's group, member of the United Cerebral Palsy Chippewa Valley, 2010-11 president of the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis, Parish Council for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Eau Claire, St. Joseph youth ministry leader and Boy Scouts of America assistant scoutmaster from 2003-11.

Gjolberg's wife, the former Donna Krupala, is a native of Cuero and graduated from Cuero High School.

The couple has five children, including two in college.

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