Westfields Hospital & Clinic leadership

Our dedicated leadership team is at the heart of our efforts to support the health and well-being of our patients and community.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is part of the HealthPartners health care system, a multi-specialty group practice that serves more than 1.2 million patients across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Together, we’re living our values each day to promote the health and well-being of the New Richmond community and beyond.

Steve Massey joined Westfields Hospital & Clinic as President and Chief Executive Officer in August, 2011. He’s led the hospital through a number of strategic initiatives, including the joining of Westfields Hospital and New Richmond Clinic to form Westfields Hospital & Clinic in 2013.

Before taking on his current role, Massey served as Chief Financial Officer at Osceola Medical Center. He also held prior leadership positions at Allina Health and Fairview Health Services. Massey was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” in 2019. In 2020 he was one of four Wisconsin hospital and health system CEOs recognized in Becker’s list of “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”

Steve's dedication to sustainable business practices has shaped the hospital and clinic strategy. He oversaw the installation of two solar arrays on the Westfields campus in 2014, and the hospital earned a "Green Masters" level award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and the Top 25 Environmental Excellence award from Practice Greenhealth in 2019.

Under his leadership, Westfields Hospital & Clinic was named a top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and the National Rural Health Association in both 2019 and 2020.

Steve received his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University. He has a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Steve, his wife Nicole and their three boys live in New Richmond. He has served on the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including the role of president. He has served on the New Richmond Youth Hockey Association Board and volunteers at Grace Place, a local transitional housing organization.

Leanne joined HealthPartners in 2015 as the Director of Quality at Westfields Hospital & Clinic. She became the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer in 2019.

Prior to coming to Westfields, Leanne served as the Director of Nursing Services for Fairview Medical Group. Leanne worked in the Fairview system for 28 years, with experience in hospital & clinic leadership. Leanne holds a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis. She earned her registered nursing degree from Rochester Community College.

Dr. Brandes started her practice in New Richmond in 2009. She is a family medicine doctor with special interests in obstetrics, pediatrics, preventive care and care for the whole family. Dr. Brandes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bethel University, and attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency at the LaCrosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Gabriel is a board-certified podiatrist who treats a range of conditions, from foot and ankle disorders in adults and children, to wound care and diabetes-related foot problems. She has a special interest in sports medicine and sports-related injuries. Dr. Gabriel is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and many others. She earned her doctorate from Des Moines University.

Dr. Ling joined Westfields as an emergency medicine physician in 2014. He served as the Emergency Department Medical Director and Chief of Staff before beginning his role as Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2018. 

Dr. Ling holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota in biomedical engineering and philosophy. He received his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Arts in Bioethics from Northwestern University, and completed an emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Jackie Nelson has been a leader in health care for over 30 years. She joined Westfields Hospital & Clinic in May of 2013 as the Director of Oncology for the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin (CCWW). Her current role is Director of Operations, with responsibility for leading the CCWW, the specialty clinic, and Nutritional & Laboratory Services at Westfields.

As one of the senior leaders, Nelson’s primary responsibilities include oversight of oncology services for western Wisconsin and operational leadership for various departments at Westfields Hospital & Clinic. Jackie’s goal is to create a patient-centered culture where patients will find exceptional care from providers and staff who walk beside them throughout their health care journey.

Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in management, as well as an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She’s originally from the LaCrosse area. She has lived in western Wisconsin since 1980 and is married with two grown children. Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, gardening and music.

Nathan joined Westfields Hospital & Clinic in 2014 as the Human Resources Director and was named Senior Director in 2016 when he took on the additional campus responsibility of Safety Officer and oversight of the Plant Operations Department, Life Safety and Environment of Care. Nathan has worked in healthcare human resources for nearly two decades.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with a healthcare policy focus from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He also holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR credentials for Human Resources Management.

Board of directors

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is a non-profit organization, locally governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is a volunteer Board comprised of community leaders and representatives, HealthPartners representatives and physicians, and Westfields Hospital & Clinic physicians and medical staff.

Greg Christenson
President, Frontier Inc. (Frontier Ag & Turf), New Richmond

Regan Brown
DDS, Oral Surgery Center, New Richmond

Heidi Conrad
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Care Delivery, HealthPartners

Amy Dewane
Vice President, Care System Growth & Partnerships, HealthPartners

Joe Dietzler
MD, Westfields Hospital & Clinic

Mary Hailey
VP, Health Economics and Reimbursement

Anthony Hecht
MD, Westfields Hospital & Clinic

Burke Kealey
MD, Senior Medical Director Hospital Specialty

Paula Kolbeck
Human Resources Manager, Ellicott Dredge Technologies, New Richmond

Heather McAbee
President / Marketing Manager, Bremer Bank, New Richmond

Vini Manchanda
Vice President Supply Chain Services, Regions Hospital

Tyler Schmidtz
Executive Director of Ancillary Services, Regions Hospital

Scott Soderberg
CEO, First National Community Bank

Patrick Olson
District Administrator, School District of New Richmond

Katie Wendt
Community Member, New Richmond

Craig Yehlik
Chief of Police, New Richmond