Southwest Medical Center Names New Trustees to the Board

Liberal, KS- The Seward County Commission has elected Stacy Cope and Marlene Rieger to serve on the SWMC Board of Trustees.  Cope was elected to serve a three-year term.  Rieger will serve a two-year term. “I am thrilled with the support I received from the Seward County Commissioners to have been selected to serve on the SWMC hospital board. With my 35-plus years of healthcare experience I plan to get behind the current hospital administration and work together to grow the healthcare services provided in the community,” said Cope.  

I’m excited and pleased to be serving. I worked at SWMC as an employee for over 34 years. I recently retired and now I want to come and serve on the hospital board for the well-being of the hospital and the community. I care deeply about my former and future coworkers, and I want to be an asset in establishing policies that benefit and move us forward,” said Rieger.

Ivanhoe Love Jr, the current Vice-Chairman for the SWMC board was also re-elected to serve a two-year term.

Other members of the board include Dennis Sander (Chairman), John West (Secretary), Dr. Dennis Knudsen (Asst. Secretary & Treasurer), and Tony McKee.

The Board of Trustees is the highest policymaking body of SWMC and has authority for governance and fiscal policies of the health system.

We are excited to have such talented and dedicated leaders join our board of trustees,” said Amber Williams, CEO at SWMC. “I am looking forward to working with all of our board members to uphold our vision and commitment to providing compassionate and elite patient care while helping to ensure our success as a healthcare provider for the communities we serve.”

These two new board members replace Dr. Laura Noblejas and Jose Lara as their terms expired. Dr. Noblejas and Lara served on the Board of Trustees since 2020. 

We thank them for their service and dedication to our health system and community. We are grateful to them and all of our board members for giving so generously of their time and talent in service of this community,” said CEO Amber Williams.