Schmitt is retired from the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), now called the Farm Service Agency (FSA), a subsidiary of the USDA. He served the agency for 34 years and retired as a district director. He works part time as an insurance adjuster for Hudson Insurance Group, and has been a resident of Dickinson County for 45 years. He and his wife, Iris, have three children and seven grandchildren. He is a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Abilene and is a Korean War veteran.
As a board member, Schmitt said he is committed to having the highest quality health care, and is appreciative of the dedicated doctors and staff that make that possible.
“I hope to bring to the board a perspective that is not necessarily from the medical field,” he said. “I believe it is important to represent the wishes and concerns of the citizens of the district. I believe my years of experience in administration are an asset.”
MHS chief executive officer Mark Miller said he is looking forward to getting to know Schmitt, who will assume his duties at the May 3 annual meeting of the MHS board of directors.
“I look forward to working with Paul Schmitt. His background and experiences are a welcome addition to the board,” Miller said.
Former board member Betty Noel served on the health system board for 16 years. Noel said that maintaining the quality of service and obtaining Critical Access Hospital status were significant highlights of her service on the board.
“I will miss being on the board, but I hope to still be involved around the hospital,” Noel said.
Noel is a member of the MHS Volunteer Corps and is a retired nurse who worked at Memorial Hospital.
“I will miss Betty’s involvement on the board,” Miller said. “She was always willing to provide her expertise, and could be counted on to represent the board at numerous meetings, conferences, and activities. She has been a long time supporter of Memorial and its mission.”