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Dr. Naomi Schmid Named Chief Medical Officer at Lake Region Healthcare

Corporate news | Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Contact: Katie Johnson

[Fergus Falls, MN] Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) this week announced Dr. Naomi Schmid has been selected for the leadership role as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the organization. In this capacity, Schmid will serve as a primary resource for medical provider leadership and help further develop and promote best practices for a high-performing health care organization.

“Naomi believes strongly in creating a high-quality healthcare experience for our patients, employees and providers and she is closely involved in the person-centered care initiatives, engagement and well-being programs for our providers,” said Kent Mattson, CEO. “She will incorporate this work into the expanded scope of the CMO role as it grows and evolves and she brings excellent clinical and patient-centered perspectives to our leadership team,” he added. The CMO scope covers all sites of the enterprise including all locations and services of Lake Region Healthcare, Prairie Ridge Healthcare and Mill Street Residence.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to help steer the organization’s continual improvement efforts toward high reliability, high quality, safe healthcare experiences for the patient and the employee,” Schmid said. “I am both honored and humbled to be taking this role. Dr. Overgaard leaves large shoes to fill with his strong leadership skills, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she added.

Schmid interviewed and was selected for the role after Dr. Josh Overgaard’s departure due to a family relocation to Rochester, MN where his wife, Shauna, has assumed a senior leadership role in a research team at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Schmid will continue to see patients in the clinic one day per week, and a new podiatric provider is currently being recruited to ensure continued access to a full spectrum of Podiatry services at Lake Region Healthcare. As a team, Dr. Naomi Schmid and her husband, Dr. Steve Schmid, joined Lake Region Healthcare’s medical staff in 2013 and offer comprehensive treatment of forefoot, rear foot, and ankle problems as well as reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Schmid received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2010 at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL. She is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the Minnesota Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Podiatric Medical Association. She is also Board Certified through the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise

The Lake Region Healthcare enterprise is comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, an independent community-governed non-profit headquartered in Fergus Falls, the Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility in Fergus Falls, and the non-profit critical access hospital, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services headquartered in Elbow Lake. With over 100 medical staff and over 1,000 employees, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities with values of Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect and Innovation. Together we bring specialty and sub-specialty services to patients at hospital locations in Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake and at clinics in Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit:, or