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DeKrey appointed senior executive vice president of Sanford Health

BEMIDJI —Dr. Dan DeKrey has accepted the appointment of senior executive vice president of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, starting immediately.

With the recent transition of Dr. Howard Hoody, a new leadership structure was devised to successfully guide the organization into the future. DeKrey has held the position of interim senior vice president for the clinic since early August.

“As we continue to grow and Bemidji continues its transformation to a region within Sanford Health, strong leadership is important for our organization to move forward,” said Dr. Dan Blue, president of Sanford Clinic. “I am pleased that Dr. Dan DeKrey has accepted the role of senior executive vice president for the Bemidji region. His expertise and knowledge of the community and its people will bring a unique and desirable voice to the management team.”

In his role as senior executive vice president, DeKrey will work in partnership with Sanford Bemidji Clinic Chief Operating Officer Dan Olson. They will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Sanford Bemidji Clinics and branch clinics in the region. In addition, DeKrey will work closely with Paul Hanson, president of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, including the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and the rest of the management team. Hoody will continue in a part-time role and assist DeKrey in his transition.

DeKrey has been a member of the Bemidji medical community since 1989 as an internal medicine physician. He has served as Sanford Bemidji’s chief quality officer since April 2012. Prior to that, he was chief of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center’s medical staff in 2010 and 2011 and has been serving on the Sanford Health board of directors for the past five years. In 2011, he was named Sanford Health Physician of the Year. He received and received an Outstanding Alumni award in 2004 from Bemidji State University in 2004, where he received his undergraduate degree. He is currently enrolled at St. Thomas University’s Physician Leadership College in St. Paul, a collaborative executive physician leadership advanced education program of the University of St. Thomas and the Minnesota Medical Association.