Karla Eischens of Sanford Health named as one of the top 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” for 2024. Karla Eischens, President and CEO of Sanford Health in Bemidji, was included on this list for her leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages. Eischens has over 25 years of experience in healthcare as a pharmacist and leader, with a focus on meeting the needs of employees, patients, and communities served by Sanford Health.

Under Eischens’ leadership, Sanford Bemidji has been taking steps to foster cultural change within the organization. The hospital has integrated cultural training courses for all employees to educate them on the connection between Ojibwe culture and healthcare. The hospital also holds leadership meetings with local tribal governments and community leaders to address health disparities among Native American patients.

Eischens expressed her gratitude for being recognized as one of the top rural hospital CEOs, attributing the honor to the dedication of her team and their commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to the community.

By Samantha Johnson

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