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 . . .