SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health has announced the replacement of CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. The move comes nearly a week after questionable statements Krabbenhoft made regarding COVID-19, wearing a mask, and possible immunity went viral.
The Board of Trustees recognizes Krabbenhoft’s contributions to the organization over his long tenure. He assumed the role of president and CEO in 1996 and built the organization from a community hospital into the largest rural non-profit health system in the country, which now spans 26 states and 10 countries.
“Kelby’s impact on the organization and the communities it serves will be felt for generations to come,” said Brent Teiken, Board Chair.
The Board of Trustees has appointed Bill Gassen president and CEO of Sanford Health. Gassen has been with the organization since 2012, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Officer.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work on behalf of the Sanford family and help lead this organization and its life-changing work. Our system’s priorities will be focused on taking care of our people, our patients and the communities we serve,” said Gassen.
Gassen started at Sanford Health in 2012 as corporate counsel and transitioned to human resources two years later to serve as as vice president of human resource integration. He later served as chief human resources officer before his promotion to chief administrative officer.
His appointment is effective immediately.