Sanford Health

Position: Executive Director, Acute Care Applications

Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas.  It is the largest rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation, with 44 medical centers, 482 clinics, and more than 200 senior living facilities across 26 states and nine countries.  With over 48,620 employees, including more than 1,380 physicians and 9,700 registered nurses in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.  Centers of excellence include cancer, children's services, heart care, orthopedics/sports medicine, and women's health.

Sanford Health is dedicated to sharing God's love through the work of health, healing, and comfort, with a vision to improve the human condition at every stage of life through exceptional care, spiritual enrichment, innovation, and discovery.  The values of the system include demonstrating enthusiasm for the calling to the organization's mission and work; courage to persevere, innovate, and take action; a family-like sense of connection and commitment; providing care in a diverse range of community settings; sharing God's love through service; resolve in aligning actions to excellence, efficiency, and purpose; and advancement in pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.  In striving for these goals, the promise of Stanford Health to both patients and employees is to "deliver a flawless experience that inspires."

Sanford Health is excited to be on a journey of tremendous growth and momentum.  With its vast geography, cutting-edge medicine, sophisticated research, and advanced education, as well as its own health plan, Sanford is unique.  Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford allowed for the introduction of the Sanford Initiatives in 2007 as a defining element of Sanford Health, designed to enhance the healthcare capabilities of the organization, to establish a health research center recognized for translational discovery and cures, and to help build a world-class reputation.  By integrating strategic partnerships and working quickly to engage fortuitous opportunity, the rapid meeting of milestones is exemplary of Sanford's commitment to care and discovery.

Job Description:

The executive director for acute care applications leads the implementation, operation, and maintenance of all components of the applications that support all acute care functions (i.e. ambulatory, inpatient, ancillary, and clinical departmental applications).  This individual is expected to promote quality and drive business value, in compliance with internal and external policies and procedures, working closely with appropriate governing bodies and other IT leaders to ensure high-quality service delivery, ongoing strategic partnership, and application support.  The role also partners with acute care functions and other end users to support and inform the financial and strategic management of clinical applications used to enable their enhanced performance.  In addition, the ED serves as a resource to leadership within and beyond technology services to proactively identify, assess, and prioritize meaningful opportunities to use clinical applications within clinical or non-clinical settings, and to develop the people, processes, and technologies to achieve that objective.  He or she will be expected to implement and champion a robust professional development program and continuously up-skill team members to keep them current, evaluating their performance and providing candid feedback and high-impact coaching that enables and motivates them to achieve both departmental and enterprise-wide goals.

Search Team:

Roger A. Quick

Jamie Cassedy

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