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Sanford Health honors Employees of the Year

2012 winners announced


(SIOUX FALLS, SD) – Twenty-eight individuals comprise the 2012 Sanford Health Employee of the Year list, which honors model employees from the organization.

First awarded in 1987, Employee of the Year recognitions are handed out annually. These awards were established to recognize Sanford employees who consistently demonstrate exceptional performance and show a relentless pursuit of perfection through the following Sanford Values:

• Courage – The strength to persevere, use our voices and take action.

• Passion – The enthusiasm for patients and work commitment to the organization.

• Resolve – The adherence to the systems that align actions to excellence, efficiency and purpose.

• Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.

• Family – The connection and commitment we have to each other through it all.

Fargo, ND Region

Mitel DataNet Information Technology Employee of the Year

Judy Erickson, Moorhead, MN, 9 Years

Executive Assistant

Information Technology

Sanford Support Services Employee of the Year

Elizabeth Rangel, Moorhead, MN, 11 Years

Service Area Assistant Lead

Patient Access – Moorhead Clinic

Sanford Clinical Employee of the Year

Jill Kruta, LPN/Mental Health Practitioner, Thief River Falls, MN, 4 Years

Community Mental Health Specialist

Mental Health - Thief River Falls

Sanford Management Employee of the Year

Rita Cowie, RN, Pelican Rapids, 31 Years

Clinical Manager

Pelican Rapids Clinic

Sanford Physician of the Year

Greg Bjerke, MD, Fargo, ND, 30 Years


Emergency Center

Sioux Falls, SD Region

Sanford Clinic Support Services Employee of the Year

Tammi Krause-Watertown SD, 25 years

Clerical Specialist

Sanford Clinic Watertown

Sanford Clinic Clinical Employee of the Year (2 winners)

Jason D Flanagan, MS, CGC-Sioux Falls SD, 7 years

Genetics Counselor

Sanford Clinic Women’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Laura Torkildson, RN-Sioux Falls, SD, 20 years

Special Procedures Registered Nurse

Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic

Sanford Clinic Management Employee of the Year

Diana Bigge, RN-Sioux Falls, SD, 34 Years


Sanford Home Medical Equipment

Sanford Clinic Physician of the Year

Keith Hansen, MD-Sioux Falls, SD, 14 Years


Sanford Clinic Women’s Reproductive Endocrinology

Sanford USD Medical Center President’s Leadership Award

Bill Roberts, RRT-Sioux Falls, SD, 27 Years


Respiratory Care

Birkeland Administrative Innovation Employee of the Year

Angela Heibult, MS-Dell Rapids, SD, 10 Years

Instructional Design Coordinator

Center for Learning

Carlson Family Outstanding Pediatric Oncology Employee of the Year

Sarah Antonson, RN, CPON-Beresford, SD, 15 Years

Special Procedures Registered Nurse

Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic

Outstanding Surgical Services Employee of the Year

Kristi Lloyd, RN-Inwood, IA, 13 Years

Registered Nurse


Patricia K. Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year

Renee Quanbeck, RN-Sioux Falls, SD, 13 Years

Registered Nurse

Medical Oncology

Excellence in Obstetrics & Gynecology Employee of the Year

Darla Grotewold, RN-Larchwood, IA, 16 Years

Clinical Care Coordinator


Conradi Family Intensive Care Nursery Employee of the Year

Gloria L. Reurink, RNC-Sioux Falls, SD, 30 Years

Clinical Care Coordinator

Boekelheide Intensive Care Nursery

Egger Family Employee of the Year Award

Kris Denevan-Sioux Falls, SD, 7 Years

Project Manager-Heart Hospital

Sanford USD Medical Center Administration

Eide Bailly Business Employee of the Year

Rita Von Holtum, CPC H-Adrian MN, 20 Years

Lead Coder-Health Information Management

Sanford Luverne Medical Center

Electric Supply Company Award for Sanford Health Network Employee of the Year

Terry L. Jones-Rock Rapids, IA, 2 Years


Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center

Birkeland Clinical Innovation Employee of the Year

Susan Nygaard, R Ph-Sioux Falls, SD, 33 Years

Pharmacy Project Coordinator

Pharmaceutical Services

Dr. Ben Perryman Sanford Research Employee of the Year

Jennifer Prasek-Vermillion, SD, 4 Years

Project Manager

Disparities Research

Sweetman Family Employee of the Year

Brittany Montecuollo, RN, MS, CSHA-Sioux Falls, SD, 3 Years

Accreditation Regulation Compliance Coordinator


Sanford USD Medical Center Service Excellence Doctor of the Year (2 winners)

John Lee, MD-Sioux Falls SD, 4 Years


Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat


John Yu, MD, 11 Years


Sanford Clinic Pulmonary

Bemidji, MN Region

Sanford Clinic Employee of the Year

Loretta Swanson, Bemidji, MN, 14 Years

RN Ambulatory

Medical Oncology

Sanford Medical Center Employee of the Year

James Gildersleeve, Bemidji, MN, 12 Years

Nursing Assistant

Medical Surgery

Sanford Physician of the Year

Benjamin Roy MD, Bemidji, MN, 3 Years


General Surgery

A formal presentation was held for these recipients in August in Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND and Bemidji, MN.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America, and then a $100 million gift in 2010. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit


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