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Sanford Aberdeen Announces New CEO

Sanford Health Network announced today its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Aberdeen.

(Aberdeen, SD) – Sanford Health Network announced today its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Aberdeen. Gordon Larson will serve as the new medical center CEO beginning May 23. Larson has served in healthcare leadership roles for nearly 20 years throughout the Midwest. Most recently, he served as the CEO for Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD. Prior to that, he served as hospital CEO in Elbow Lake, MN. Larson has also held notable roles in Spirit Lake, IA, Galesburg, IL and Cherokee, IA.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the responsibility to bring this new state-of-the art facility to Aberdeen and surrounding communities,” said Larson. “I genuinely look forward to meeting the people and businesses of Aberdeen and working together to form long-standing relationships to ensure quality health care delivery, close to home.”

Larson is a graduate of Winona State University in Winona, MN and also holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a diploma in accounting from Rochester Community and Technical College. In addition to his hospital administration experience, Larson also served as president of Health Software of Mt. Pleasant, Inc., which created computer software for small community hospitals.

“With nearly 20 years of hospital administration experience, Gordon is ready to effectively lead Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center,” said Ed Weiland, president, Sanford Health Network, Sioux Falls Region. “While working at Winner Regional, Gordon made significant improvements to enhance the financial stability of that facility. His business sense, knowledge of the Sanford system and his strength of character make him the right fit to lead this new hospital.”

Tom Tonner, board chair, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, added, “Gordon will be a tremendous asset to this community. His experience as a hospital administrator plus his business leadership background will be of significant benefit to the growth of healthcare services in Aberdeen. ” Larson and his wife Dorothy together have four grown daughters and seven grandchildren.

About Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center

Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center includes Sanford Clinic Aberdeen and a new hospital expected to open May 2012. Sanford Clinic Aberdeen is a primary care clinic with locations in Aberdeen and Ipswich, SD. It offers comprehensive care to patients of all ages. These services include family medicine, occupational medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics – Sanford Children’s and Acute Care. The Clinic currently includes twenty providers. In 2012, Sanford Medical Center Aberdeen, a 48-bed, three-story hospital, will open. The 113,000-square-foot hospital will attach to the current Sanford Clinic Aberdeen building.

A member of the Sanford Health system, Sanford Clinic Aberdeen also provides on-site access to pediatric and adult outreach specialists. Sanford health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford Health is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states.

For more information about Sanford Aberdeen, visit

Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
605-328-7056 or 605-366-2432 |

Julie Stevenson | Sanford Medical Center Aberdeen
605-725-6681  |