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New Ontario hospital president sets her sights on creating inclusive culture and community outreach

Dina Ellwanger said she is looking forward to being more involved with the community as the new president and chief nursing officer at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Dina Ellwanger always wanted to be in charge of a major medical facility.

So, when she was elevated to the post of president and chief nursing officer at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario last year there was a sense of pride in a grand accomplishment.

Yet she stepped into the hospital’s top slot during a time of unprecedented challenges.

A North Dakota native, Ellwanger faced an array of problems and obstacles when she became president and almost all of those challenges stemmed from the Covid pandemic.

“I never thought I would live through a pandemic. So much changed so . . .