Sanford Health Announces Changes in Organizational Structure

Sanford Health announced today they are creating the framework and structure to meet the growing needs of their healthcare organization. Two divisions within Sanford Health have been created: the Health Service Division and Sanford Development and Research Division.

Sanford Health announced today they are creating the framework and structure to meet the growing needs of their healthcare organization. Two divisions within Sanford Health have been created: the Health Service Division and Sanford Development and Research Division.

The Health Services Division includes all patient care services provided by Sanford Health: Sanford Clinic, Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Health Network. Becky Nelson will assume responsibility for Health Services as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Charles O’Brien, M.D. is being named President of Sanford USD Medical Center. Dan Blue, M.D. will continue as President of the Sanford Clinic and Ed Weiland will remain President of Sanford Health Network.

The Development and Research Division includes non-patient care services of Sanford Health such as: Sanford Health Plan, Sanford Health Foundation, Information Technology and Sanford Research. Dave Link, as Executive Vice President, will lead this division of Sanford Health. All of the activities surrounding the implementation of the Sanford Initiatives are aligned in this division: the development phase of the Sanford Pediatric Clinics, The Sanford Project, Sanford Research and the Health Care Campus of the Future. Ruth Krystopolski will continue as President of the Sanford Health Plan and Brian Mortenson will continue as the President of the Sanford Health Foundation.

“The announcement on February 3, 2007 has caused us to create a new order as we grow our core mission and as we manage our operations and expectations of Mr. Denny Sanford’s incredible gift,” says Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. “These are exciting times. This restructuring is the next step in the evolution of Sanford Health as an integrated health care organization; leading to greater quality, value and service to our patients.”

The core of corporate activities that provide day to day support to the organization will remain under Kelby Krabbenhoft including: the Legal Department, Finance, Compliance and Human Resources. John Paulson will become Executive Chief of Staff to Mr. Krabbenhoft while Mark Johnston will assume the job of Vice President of Administration and coordinate the activities of Marketing, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.