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April 18, 2015 7:59 AM ET

Healthcare Providers and Services

Company Overview of Sanford Health & MeritCare

Company Overview

Sanford Health & MeritCare, a not-for-profit health care system, operates hospitals and clinics in the United States. It provides services in the areas of allergy and immunology, anesthesiology, cardiac electrophysiology, cardiology, chiropractic, colorectal surgery, critical care, cytopathology, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, eating disorders, emergency medicine, endocrinology, family medicine, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine, gynecologic oncology, hand surgery, hematology, hospitalist, infectious disease, internal medicine, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, maternal, medical genetics, medical oncology, nephrology, ne...

1305 West 18th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

United States

Founded in 1996





Key Executives for Sanford Health & MeritCare

Chief Executive Officer, President and Trustee
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center
Executive Vice President of Care Innovation and President of Sanford Health Plan
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Sanford Health & MeritCare Key Developments

Sanford Health Plan to Become the Insurance Provider for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System

Sanford Health Plan will become the insurance provider for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) health plan members beginning July 1, 2015. The NDPERS board announced its decision February 19, 2015. The decision will add 29,000 contracts covering 65,000 covered lives to Sanford Health Plan. Sanford Health Plan is in the process of opening offices in Fargo and Bismarck. There will be more than 100 positions available immediately in the state. NDPERS health plan members can expect additional information and multiple member forums at convenient locations in various communities prior to the transition.

Sanford Health Announces Executive Changes

Sanford Health has announced multiple leadership changes, including several promotions and retirements. Sanford’s corporate leadership team will shift with the retirement of four longtime executives in summer of 2015: Dave Link, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, will retire after more than 30 years with Sanford Health; John Paulson, vice president for corporate administration, will retire after 40 years of experience in health care administration; Jacquie Kluck, chief clinical officer, will retire after a 40 years health care career; Rick Giesel, president of the Sanford Health Network, will retire in July. Planned transitions in corporate and operating functions have also begun across the organization: Joining Sanford’s corporate office, Rich Adcock was recently promoted to executive vice president for Sanford Health. He is responsible for the Development and Research Division, which includes foundation, research, international clinics, Sanford Frontiers and the Sanford Health Plan. Adcock’s previous work in health technology has contributed to his work in health innovation and project leadership. Meghan Goldammer, current vice president of clinical operations, will assume the role of chief clinical officer this summer. Goldammer joined Sanford Health in 2009. She received training as both a nurse and attorney and has worked as corporate counsel, claims manager and director of legislative affairs. Gene Hoyme, M.D., recently transitioned from president of Sanford Research to Sanford’s new chief of genetics and genomic medicine. He currently serves as medical director of Sanford Imagenetics and also chief academic officer. In his new role, Hoyme will also lead efforts to incorporate principals of genetics and genomics into patient care. Jeff Sandene has been promoted to chief integration officer for Sanford Health’s Development and Research Division. Sandene joined Sanford 10 years ago and has excelled in a variety of leadership roles, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer. In his new role, Sandene will continue to integrate Sanford’s two divisions, Development and Research and Health Services, and support the ongoing development of the Sanford initiatives, which are activities that are specifically funded by Denny Sanford. Allison Suttle, M.D., has been promoted to chief medical officer for the Sanford Health system. Suttle also currently serves as chair of Sanford’s quality cabinet. Heidi Twedt, M.D., has been promoted to chief medical information officer for the Sanford Health system. She also serves as medical director of ambulatory quality for the Fargo region and will continue in that role. Dave Pearce, Ph.D., a nationally renowned researcher, recently assumed the role of president of Sanford Research. He previously served as Sanford Research’s vice president and chief operating officer. Pearce maintains his role as director of the Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford Research. Jesse Tischer will succeed Rick Giesel as president of the Sanford Health Network this summer. Tischer has served as the chief operating officer for the Sanford Health Network since 2013. Bryan Nermoe has been promoted to enterprise vice president of population health and enterprise services. Most recently, Nermoe served as chief operating officer for Sanford Clinic in the Sioux Falls region. Kurt Brost has been promoted to chief of staff for the Health Services Division. Most recently, Brost was the director of real estate services for Sanford Health, and he will continue those responsibilities in his new role. Jennifer Grennan, current general counsel for Sioux Falls, will expand her role to become general counsel for Sanford Health’s Health Services Division. She will be accountable for the division’s legal services and support for hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities and services across the enterprise. She joined the Sanford legal department in 2009. Andy Wentzy is the new chief of staff for Sanford Health’s Development and Research Division. Wentzy has been with the health system for 13 years and has worked in clinic operations, marketing and development of the Sanford initiatives. Annette White, currently corporate counsel, will become general counsel for Sanford Health’s Development and Research Division. She will be accountable for legal services and support for Sanford’s initiatives, new business development, foundation activity and information technology across the enterprise.

Sanford Health Announces Executive Changes

Sanford Health has selected a new leader for its research division. David Pearce, Ph.D., is the new president of Sanford Research. Pearce replaces Gene Hoyme, M.D., who has transitioned to be Sanford's new chief of genetics and genomic medicine. Hoyme will also retain his positions as medical director of Sanford Imagenetics and chief academic officer for Sanford. Pearce, who previously served as Sanford Research's vice president and chief operating officer, now oversees research activities across Sanford's ninestate footprint, including more than 200 researchers, five research centers and more than 350 ongoing clinical trials. Pearce will maintain his role as director of the Children's Health Research Center at Sanford Research and continue to run his lab at Sanford Research, which is internationally regarded for its work with Batten disease, a group of pediatric neurodegenerative disorders he has studied for more than a decade.

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