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Essentia Health-St. Mary’s senior administrative leader, Christy Brinkman, will celebrate 15 years with St. Mary’s in August. She was the recipient of the Kal Michaels Outstanding Leadership Award from Aging Services of Minnesota this past spring, and says she still has a passion for helping seniors. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

A passion for leadership: Brinkman’s love for job has weathered many changes

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It’s been almost 15 years since Deer Creek native Christy Bendix first came to work for St. Mary’s Regional Health Center.

Both she and her employer have gone through some name changes since then: Ten years ago, she married fiancée Bob Brinkman and took his name, while St. Mary’s RHC became first St. Mary’s Innovis Health, and then three years ago, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s.


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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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