State Health Council

The State Health Council serves as the North Dakota Department of Health's governing and advisory body. The council's 11 members are appointed by the governor for three-year terms. Four members are appointed from the health-care provider community, five from the public sector, one from the energy industry and one from the manufacturing and process industry.
The State Health Council's duties include monitoring overall health-care costs and quality of health-care in North Dakota. The council establishes standards, rules and regulations which are found necessary for the maintenance of public health. They provide for the development, establishment and enforcement of basic standards for hospitals and related medical institutions which render medical and nursing care, and for the construction and maintenance of such institutions. These standards cover matters pertaining to sanitation, building construction, fire protection measures, nursing procedures and preservation of medical records. The council also holds hearings on all matters brought before it by applicants and licensees of medical hospitals.


  • Wade Peterson (Health Care)  

Vice Chair

  • Genny Dienstmann (Consumer)


  • Leona Koch (Consumer)


  • Greg Allen (Manufacturing and Processing)
  • Howard C. Anderson, R.Ph. (Health Care)
  • Mike Jones (Energy)
  • Jerry Jurena (Health Care) 
  • Gordon Myerchin (Consumer) 
  • Duane Pool (Consumer)
  • Jennifer Schaeffer (Consumer)
  • Dennis E. Wolf, M.D. (Health Care) 

Messages or questions for any member of the State Health Council can be sent to Please indicate in your e-mail which Health Council member the message is for.