ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is leaving the Destination Medical Center Board of Directors.
The move was somewhat expected after her appointment to the U.S. Senate. She notified both Governor Mark Dayton and the DMC Corporation Board on Friday. Smith served as chair of the Board of Directors since August 2013.
In her resignation letter to the DMC Board, Smith describes how proud she is of the work that has been accomplished. “During the past four years, we have made significant progress – with $297 million in private investment, and 19 projects either proposed, under construction, or completed,” she writes.
Governor Dayton issued the following statement on Smith’s resignation:
“Tina Smith has been a tremendous champion for Rochester’s Destination Medical Center. She led our administration’s efforts to secure passage of the legislation that created this historic public-private partnership. As the first Chair of the DMC Board, Tina has been crucial to the project’s successes. My Administration will continue our strong support for the Destination Medical Center.”
The DMC also issued at statement:
"Over the past four years, Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith has provided valuable leadership to the DMC initiative as chair of the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of directors. During her tenure, she has helped guide the DMC from its initial start-up, through the detailed planning, to the present where hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment are now underway in Rochester in support of the DMC vision. Lieutenant Governor Smith has resigned from the DMCC board of directors; we wish her the best in her new role representing Minnesota in Washington D.C."