New CEO for Sanford Bemidji starting January

Sanford Health has announced some changes to key leadership positions that will take effect in January.

Susan Jarvis, the president and CEO of Sanford Bemidji, will be returning to Sanford Fargo, with Karla Eischens, the current vice president of operations at Sanford Bemidji, named to replace Jarvis.

“It has been an honor to serve the Bemidji community and collaborate with community leaders and organizations over the last three years,” said Jarvis.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to lead and grow with our Fargo market, and I know I’m leaving Bemidji in good hands with Karla as president.”

Eischens has been with Sanford Health for nearly 20 years, serving as a pharmacist, director of pharmacy, and operational executive director before providing oversight in all departments in her role as operations VP.

Eischens oversaw operations for the COVID-19 special care unit, drive-up care site and vaccine clinics/distribution.

She also led master facility planning for the recent ICU expansion, hospital-wide room conversions, and the recent opening of the Vivaz Medical Spa.


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