Micah Aberson, one in all Sanford Well being’s senior executives, will go away the well being group to pursue new alternatives, he confirmed to the Argus Chief on Thursday.
Aberson, 39, has been government vice chairman overseeing the Sanford Well being Plan, Sanford World Clinic, Sanford Profile, Sanford Basis. He has been with the well being system seven years.
His departure will likely be Nov. 1. Sanford’s board and management was notified of his resolution Wednesday to go away.
“It has been a enjoyable run,” he stated. “I’ve had quite a lot of nice alternatives. I am indebted to the group for investing in me.”
Aberson first joined the group to steer the Sanford Basis, and he rapidly rose to the highest of the system’s management. He stated he was happy with the well being system’s achievements throughout his time there, together with the event of the Lorraine Cross Award, a $1 million award that honors cutting-edge medial analysis, the enlargement of Sanford’s world clinics, development of the Sanford Home and the launch of the Sanford Worldwide, a PGA golf occasion.
However Aberson was additionally a first-hand witness and participant to a few of Sanford’s most tumultuous moments, and his departure comes almost a yr after former President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft left Sanford. Krabbenhoft had almost 1 / 4 century on the helm.
Krabbenhoft’s departure got here at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was spiking within the state. Krabbenhoft was additionally main a merger with Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare, a merger that was unpopular with the state’s enterprise and political group as a result of it meant that Sioux Falls would not be the headquarters for what would have been a sprawling well being system.
Following Krabbenhoft’s departure, Sanford’s board appointed Invoice Gassen, the system’s chief administrative officer, as president and CEO. Every week later, Gassen introduced that Sanford was calling off the merger with Intermountain.
A yr earlier, Sanford’s merger with Des Moines, Iowa primarily based UnityPoint Well being had additionally unraveled.
Previous to the Intermountain merger collapse, Krabbenhoft advised reporters that he hadn’t heard from billionaire banker T. Denny Sanford, whose preliminary $400 million donation to what was then Sioux Valley Hospital, altered the course of the system, together with its title.
Earlier this yr, T. Denny Sanford pledged a further $300 million to the system, signaling that any break between the system and its namesake donor had been repaired below Gassen, Aberson and the remainder of Sanford’s management crew.
Aberson, who got here to Sanford from the promoting trade, stated he would not have future plans and would not know if he’ll keep in well being care. However he stated his household is in South Dakota and hopes to remain within the state.
“My roots are in South Dakota,” he stated.