Sanford Health CEO in Bemidji Recognized as Rural Hospital Leader among the Top 110 Executives of 2024

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. This list highlights executives who are dedicated to expanding hospital services, improving facilities, and recruiting skilled team members.

Eischens, with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, has focused on the needs of employees, patients, and the communities served by Sanford Health. Under her leadership, the hospital 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. For further clarification about news reported under the “Pioneer Staff Report” byline, readers can contact the newsroom at (218) 333-9796 or email

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