Jared Leighton

Meet Jared

Jared Leighton is the corporate historian for Sanford Health and also works on the corporate communications team. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You can reach him at jared.leighton@sanfordhealth.org.

Latest Posts


Physician assistants and rural health care. Hay bales in field after harvest and dramatic sky during sunset.

Vietnam War created PA training for rural, native care

Rural Americans rely heavily on those trained through this innovative program
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A Good Samaritan Society resident gets loaded into an ambulance.

Greg Santa Maria: ‘Emergency management defines me’

Public safety director says 9/11 attacks and hurricanes helped shape his life
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Carol Cressman sitting at a table and smiling

Carol Cressman: ‘Sanford Health believes in kids’

Pediatrics director appreciates her roles in Castle of Care, flight nursing
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Theresa Larson stands in a sunny hallway, smiling with her hands folded in front of her.

Theresa Larson: The root of nursing is serving

30-year RN now helps next generation of nurses as a leader and liaison
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Phil Samuelson stands arms crossed in front of the Good Samaritan Society National Campus pond

Philip Samuelson: ‘Making the care transition stronger’

As regional VP, he pulls campuses together to provide care across the lifespan
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Dustin Scholz smiles and stands in a garden outside the Good Samaritan Society National Campus.

Dustin Scholz: ‘Relationships are a lasting treasure’

Regional VP grew up volunteering — then working — for Good Samaritan Society
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MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, ND

MeritCare merger made Sanford Health nationally relevant

Two companies created largest rural health system 10 years ago
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dan hames headshot

Dan Hames knew early on he needed to work in long-term care

Meet a leader of Good Samaritan Society's work in the southwestern U.S.
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David Shulkin sitting at his desk and smiling with a window in the background.

David Shulkin: ‘Innovation is central to our mission’

Former VA Secretary leads in-house innovation at Sanford Health
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Nate Malloy posing in front of Sanford Profile signage

Nate Malloy: ‘Profile changes lives’

Meet an early leader of Sanford weight loss & health coaching business
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Amanda Tiede (left) and Jessica Candy (right) standing in front of a mural

Jessica Candy and Amanda Tiede exemplify teamwork

Technology solutions leaders specialize in change management
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Nate Schema standing in front of the Good Samaritan Society national campus

Nate Schema: ‘Living out my faith at work’

Learn what servant leadership means to Good Samaritan Society's VP of operations
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Andy Wentzy stands in front of flags from different countries.

Andy Wentzy: ‘We have world-class partners’

World Clinic leader helps drive health care development globally
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Bryan Nermoe stands at the front desk of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota.

Bryan Nermoe: ‘Health care is a special place’

From scuba instructor to president of Sanford Health Bemidji
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Kim Johansen: ‘A model of excellence for the future’

President of Good Samaritan Society home & community services shares vision
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