Mile Bluff Medical Center welcomes Dara Bartels as Chief Financial Officer

Dara Bartels is the newest member of Mile Bluff’s executive team. In March, she began serving as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Dara brings with her 20 years of finance experience, most of which has been spent in healthcare. She has served in the roles of accountant, auditor, controller and executive director of finance. Most recently, she worked as the CFO for Gundersen Health System, and was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 150 hospital and health system CFOs to know in 2017 and 2018.

When looking for a place to continue her career, Dara knew she wanted to join a team that was rooted in serving the community. “I looked for an organization that focused on community needs,” stated Dara. “I appreciate that Mile Bluff has a solid foundation, and is committed to continually improving.”

She was also drawn to Mile Bluff for its culture. “I strongly believe in transparency and education. If you want to know something, I’ll tell you about it if I can,” stated Dara. “Learning that these two things are strongly valued at Mile Bluff, I was even more convinced that this was the team for me.”

Dara says that her philosophy as a leader is simple: “I will never ask anyone to do something that I wouldn’t be willing to do myself.” She has already proven this to be true, as she has been found washing dishes with the kitchen staff on a number of occasions. “It’s important to me that all team members know that I see myself as their equal...I just have different decision-making opportunities than they do.”

As a CFO, Dara believes her responsibility is to help others understand what’s being done, and why it’s being done the way that it is. “With this culture, an organization will only get stronger,” commented Dara. “Remaining strong means that we’ll continue to be around to meet the needs of the community.”

Originally from Iowa, this mother of four enjoys life in the Midwest. She especially appreciates time with family, including her five-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not busy working or following her younger children to their various sporting events, you can find Dara riding her Harley, relaxing in a boat, or sitting down with a good book.

Her extensive experience and passion for healthcare make her a great fit for Mile Bluff and area residents. Please welcome Dara.