Nursing Governance

Nursing Shared Governance


Sanford Health has a history of nursing excellence. Nurses are empowered daily within a care delivery model that has person-centered, holistic care at its core. This core work is supported by Sanford’s values that promote courage and resolve to pursue advancement in service to our patients, their families and the communities we serve.

Sanford nurses are both expected and encouraged to be a voice in the organization’s decision-making processes. Shared governance is a structure and process that allows our nurses to collaborate with each other and with nursing leaders in making decisions about their practice.


Our Leaders


Erica DeBoer

Chief Nursing Officer

Kelly Hagen

Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Clinics

Wendy Kopp

Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, Sanford Bismarck Medical Center and Clinics

Theresa Larson

Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, Sanford Fargo Medical Center and Clinics

Kelly Hefti

Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, Sanford USD Medical Center and Clinics

Amy Thiesse

Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services, Sanford Health Network