Sanford Health in Bemidji’s Karla Eischens Honored as One of the “110 Rural Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” for Expanding Services and Improving Facilities

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

Karla Eischens, President and CEO of Sanford Health in Bemidji, has been recognized as one of the “110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know” in 2024 by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list honors executives who are committed to expanding hospital services, improving facilities, and recruiting skilled team members. These leaders have been praised for their leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages as they work towards sustainable success.

Under Eischens’ leadership, Sanford Bemidji has prioritized cultural change by incorporating cultural training courses into employees’ education, emphasizing 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.

Sanford Health is a regional health care system that serves patients in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. Sanford Bemidji is a 75-bed critical access hospital that provides medical care to residents of Beltrami County in northern Minnesota.

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