Elected in November by the residents of Story County, James Wright Jr. of Collins will begin his term as a Story County Medical Center Board of Trustees in January.
“My father has whole-hearted supported Story County Medical Center and its Foundation for many years,” said James Wright Jr. “I value his passion for the medical center and am excited to become involved myself.”
James Wright Jr.is a life-long Story County resident and resides outside of Collins where he owns and operates a family farm with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.
He has an associate of arts degree in agriculture from DMACC and has taken continuing education classes on a regular basis his entire life. Wright has expanded his knowledge in electrical work and hazardous waste management and also learned to sail.
“I have a passion for education and learning,” said Wright. “I have no doubt that joining the Story Medical Board will be an avenue for me to learn about healthcare in Story County.”
Wright has been involved in his community through many organization and boards including Story County Planning and Zoning Commission, Collins Lions Club and the Collins Volunteer Fire Department. He was board president of the Central Iowa Farm Business Association and then the State of Iowa Farm Business Association.
Rick Hugdahl of Ames was appointed to the Board of Trustees at December’s Board meeting to fill the vacant spot left by Meg Tait’s November resignation.
Hugdahl moved to Ames in 1984 with his wife, Dianne, and their four children. He joined Midwest Insurance Corporation in 1993 and is the current president and sales agent for the large independent insurance agency. His wife, Dianne, is a history teacher at Ames High School.
Rick has served on the board of directors for United Way of Story County, Nevada Chamber of Commerce, Story County Pheasants Forever and the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation where he is the current president.
“I truly value the contribution that Story County Medical Center has to the healthcare community in Story County,” said Hugdahl. “As Story Medical Foundation president, I have become more familiar with the medical center, and I was honored when asked to join the Board of Trustees. I am eager to help lead both organizations.
Hugdahl is an active volunteer at St. Cecilia Church in Ames, East Story County Toastmasters Club, Nevada Rotary Club and the Leadership Nevada Steering Committee.
Wright and Hugdahl join fellow Board members Glenda Bradshaw of Ames and Gaylan Scofield of Story City who were reelected for a second term on the Board in November, Chairman David Anderson of Nevada, Liz Hertz of Nevada and Patrick Sheets of Nevada.
“Both men have a plethora of experience leading organizations not only in Story County but across the State,” said Todd Willert, Story Medical Administrator. “They will no doubt be assets to the Board of Trustees.”
For over 50 years, Story County Medical Center, Story Medical Clinics and Story Medical Senior Care have been the trusted providers of high-quality, local healthcare services for the people of Story County. Their new, modern South Campus creates a healing environment that matches the personalized care and clinical expertise of its medical staff. Visit www.StoryMedical.orgfor more information.