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Sanford Health announces nonclinical staff reductions

Kealey Bultena
Sanford Health's primary campus in Sioux Falls (file photo)

A major regional health care provider is eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.

Sanford Health President and CEO Bill Gassen addressed the layoffs in an email to staff. He said the changes will streamline Sanford’s leadership structure and “simplify operations in a few focused areas.”

The letter did not specify what those areas are, only that they’re primarily in nonclinical departments.

Gassen said the changes will not impact patient care.

"We are doing all we can to support affected colleagues and want to keep them in the Sanford Family," Gassen said. "Many have received immediate offers for new jobs and others have been encouraged to apply for open positions across the organization"

Gassen also said Sanford is currently hiring more than 6,000 positions in mainly patient-facing roles.

Josh Chilson is the news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. A Florence, S.D. native, Josh graduated with a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and videographer, and most recently as managing editor for Dakota News Now. Josh is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.