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HANSON, Steve. (Niagara Falls, NY, August 1951- ). Hanson received an undergraduate degree in urban planning from Iowa State University and a graduate degree in health and hospital administration from the University of Oklahoma. At the age of thirty-five, he became president of FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE). Hanson was formerly a director of the Northeast Iowa Health Planning Council. His work experience included assistant director of hospitals at Indiana University Hospitals; Director of Planning for the Methodist Hospital of Indiana; vice president and secretary of Shoitz Medical Center, Shoitz Health Resources, and Shoitz Regional Medical Services and Northeast Iowa Real Estate Investments. (1)

Hanson served in Dubuque as a director of the board of the GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, member of the board of trustees of United Way Services of Dubuque, and on the boards of the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED CLINICAL LABORATORIES and Key Home Care. He also served on the board of the Iowa Hospital Association, its planning committee and committee on urban and large hospitals. (2)

Upon taking his position at Finley, Hanson oversaw an effort to offer home health care services in cooperation with the DUBUQUE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION. Under his direction, Finley consolidated laboratory facilities with the MEDICAL SERVICES LABORATORY and the St. Joseph's Unit of Mercy Hospital and brought in a regional cancer care center. (3)

In 1987 Finley announced plans for a new building and several homes were demolished. That project was delayed when the physicians' group redesigned the building. In 1992 physicians with DUBUQUE INTERNAL MEDICINE and Dubuque Surgery announced the construction of a 39,000 square-foot, three-level building designed to blend into the Finley complex. (4)

In 1993 Hanson left Dubuque to become the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Millard Fillmore Hospitals and Millard Fillmore Health System in Buffalo, New York. Among his regrets was not seeing the completion of the three-floor Outpatient Care Center. (5)



1. "Steve Hanson," Telegraph Herald, March 30, 1987, p. 7

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Blocker, Sue, "Physicians Plan Building Across From Hospital," Telegraph Herald, February 7, 1990, p. 1

5. Glindinning, Mary, "Hanson Accepts Buffalo, NY, Post," Telegraph Herald, August 2, 1993, p. 2