Sanford Health CEO Karla Eischens Recognized as Top Rural Hospital Leader for 2024

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

Karla Eischens, the President and CEO of Sanford Health in Bemidji, has been recognized as one of the “110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know” for 2024 by Becker’s Hospital Review. This recognition is a testament to her leadership skills and commitment to improving healthcare services in rural communities.

Eischens has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, having started her career as a pharmacist before transitioning into leadership roles. Under her leadership, Sanford Bemidji has been taking steps to foster cultural change within the organization. This includes integrating cultural training courses for all employees to educate them on the connection between Ojibwe culture and healthcare. The hospital has also started holding 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. In particular, she praised their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages, as they worked tirelessly to create sustainable models for success.

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