Sanford Health CEO Karla Eischens Recognized as a Rural Hospital Leader Amidst Pandemic and Staffing Shortages

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” by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2024. This 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 while working towards sustainable success.

Under Eischens’ leadership, Sanford Bemidji has prioritized cultural change by incorporating cultural training courses into employees’ education. The hospital emphasizes the intersection of Ojibwe culture and healthcare, and holds 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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