A Positive Difference



Susan Stange is no stranger to the cubicle life, and she’s perfectly happy with that.

As an Applications Support Specialist in Informational Technology at Sanford, Susan knows whether she’s in a cube or a corner office that her supportive services help others across the organization to make positive changes for thousands of lives each day.

“At Sanford, every employee here makes a difference in someone’s life. That is the most rewarding thing I could say about what I do,” she says.

Growing for good

Susan is passionate about the work she does, however, she is also driven by the dynamic growth of Sanford as a health care organization and its commitment to improving the human condition.

“We are ever growing here at Sanford. It is very exciting knowing that Sanford is always looking to improve in order to benefit the patient,” she says.

Susan also feels that Sanford provides the opportunity for their employees to grow, change and find a career that is going to best fit their needs. “As Sanford continues to grow regionally with technology, it provides the employees a lot more opportunities to learn, get educated and grow within Sanford”.

Education and training

Susan has benefited a great deal from educational opportunities provided to her by Sanford. Yet she is even more thankful for the on-the-job experience that has defined her professional role in such a large institution.

“Sanford provided me tuition reimbursement and scholarships, but one of the other educational benefits that isn’t diploma-related is just the experiences you get working at Sanford,” she says. “Sanford has given me that opportunity to become more educated in the work that I am doing.”

For healthier futures

A mother of two, Susan takes part in many initiatives and fundraisers supported by Sanford, including the larger research-focused initiative to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, the kind that affects health and wellness for life. She also makes sure to participate in the annual Heart Walk, in which donations benefit the National Heart Association. She says being part of an organization that supports so much good is motivating, especially since she has a family history of diabetes.

“My father has diabetes and one thing that I’m very proud of with Sanford is that they started the research here at Sanford relating to diabetes, knowing that is something that is very significant in my family,” Susan says. “I am very proud that Sanford is part of that.”

Making an impact

Susan is proud of her ten years working for Sanford, and although the organization has more than 25,000 employees, she knows that she’s more than just a number in the HR department.

“I don’t work for an organization that makes widgets. I don’t work for an organization that cares about that dollar. I work for an organization that cares about patients so in the end I can come into work every day excited knowing that although I don’t directly touch a patient I am making a difference in their lives,” she says.

Posted Date: August 2013

A Positive Difference

Susan Stange, Applications Support Specialist of Information Technology in Sioux Falls “I work for an organization that cares about patients so in the end I can come into work every day excited knowing that although I don’t directly touch a patient I am making a difference in their lives.”