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Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Hospital and Health System COOs to Know

Sanford Health’s Becky Nelson Honored

CHICAGO—Becker's Hospital Review is proud to announce the release of its list, "100 Hospital and Health System COOs to Know," which features some of the top leaders of operations in healthcare. Sanford Health Chief Operating Officer Becky Nelson is included in this year’s list.

Sanford Health Becky NelsonThe COOs and presidents and vice presidents of operations included in this list have proven to be adept at leading organizations with various facilities, complex processes and multiple stakeholders in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Some of the leaders have spent decades in the healthcare industry, while others bring expertise from areas such as banking, accounting and business. With responsibility for overseeing the operations of multi-dimensional institutions, these leaders have lent much-needed support to CEOs and other members of hospitals' and health systems' executive teams.

COOs and presidents and vice presidents of operations were selected for inclusion on this list based on the financial, clinical and operational success of their organizations, nominations and research conducted by the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team. Hospital and health system leaders do not pay and cannot pay to be included on this list. There are never fees involved in Becker's Hospital Review lists. Recognized COOs and operational leaders are free to note their inclusion through marketing materials, website promotion, press releases and other media materials without paying a fee.

Nelson has advanced health care in the community and region for more than 35 years. She has held various roles at Sanford Health including a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, nursing administrator, Vice President of Patient Services, President of Sanford USD Medical Center and currently as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Sanford Health system.

The full-length edition of the list can be found here:

About Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker's Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high level hospital leaders and includes hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.
Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit

Stacy Bauer Jones | Director, Media Strategy & Internal Communications | Sioux Falls Region
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