June 16, 2024

Sanford Health in Bemidji Recognized as a Top Rural Hospital and Health System CEOs in 2024

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Karla Eischens of Sanford Health named as one of the leading rural hospital CEOs to watch

Sanford Health in Bemidji has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know” in 2024. Karla Eischens, President and CEO of Sanford Health in Bemidji, has been commended for her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages, as she works towards sustainable success. With over 25 years of experience in healthcare, Eischens has prioritized the needs of employees, patients, and the communities served by Sanford Health.

Under Eischens’ leadership, Sanford Bemidji has incorporated cultural training courses into employees’ education and emphasized the intersection of Ojibwe culture and healthcare. The hospital has also established meetings with local tribal governments and community leaders to address health disparities among Native American patients. Eischens expressed her gratitude for being recognized among the top rural hospital CEOs, attributing the achievement to the dedication of the entire team and their commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare to the community.

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