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New Addition to DRMC! Welcome Dr. William McKinnon


Dr. William McKinnon Medical Director and Altru Health System Board member has been with Altru Health System for 33 years as an emergency medicine physician, medical director of the emergency department and ambulance service, first chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, medical director of regional operations and development and most recently medical director of oncology, radiology, and pathology services.


Prior to Altru he spent 5 years in rural family medicine in the Chippewa falls, WI branch office of the Midelfort Clinic in Eau Claire, WI, now a full Mayo affiliate. During that time, he was medical director of a local long-term care facility and served on the local hospitals' medical executive committee.


His career in healthcare has been multifaceted from Army medical corpsman to emergency medical technician-ambulance (EMT-A), registered nurse (RN, BSN), physician assistant-certified (PA-C) and physician. He has previously been a member of the faculty of the UNO College of Nursing and the UNO Medical School Physician Assistant program prior to pursuing a career in medicine. He has been a member of the clinical faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for over 30 years.


He continues to be involved with medical direction for several regional ambulance services and teaching advanced life support classes to include advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), advanced trauma life support (ATLS), and the American College of Surgeons Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC).

In 2009 Dr. Mckinnon was elected a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP). He was given the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association Founders Award in 1995, and the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association Ambulance Medical Director of the Year Award in 2020. Also, in 2020 he received the Outstanding Rural Health Professional Award from the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.


Dr. McKinnon says he looks forward to continued involvement in rural/regional medical direction, advanced life support teaching and rural health care, and is honored and excited to serve as Medical Director at Dakota Regional Medical Center in Cooperstown.

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