MHA awards Sanford Health for outstanding team culture


April 21, 2023


Paul Heinert
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Minnesota Hospital Association has selected Sanford Health as its inaugural winner of the Organizational Team Culture Award. The honor was presented during the MHA’s Workforce Innovation Conference this week in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The MHA Workforce Innovation Awards recognize the outstanding work of Minnesota hospitals and health systems to invest in and support their employees. These awards celebrate achievements in workforce development, despite a difficult and changing landscape.

“We would like to thank the Minnesota Hospital Association for recognizing the commitment we have made to invest in the growth, engagement and well-being of our Sanford family,” said Ashley Wenger-Slaba, vice president of employee experience at Sanford Health. “Throughout our footprint, we understand our employees need to feel valued, cared for and listened to, so that they can in turn provide the ideal patient and resident experience to those we serve.”

Sanford Health ranks in the top 25% among peers in the health care industry for meaningful work and inclusiveness as a strength based on employee experience survey results.

Sanford Health has significantly grown its diversity councils, employee resource groups and multilingual capabilities as well as advancing work focused on health disparities among certain populations. Recent commitments include:

Clinician well-being is also a priority at Sanford Health. A clinician well-being council serves as ambassadors to proactively support meaningful engagement, vitality, efficiency and fulfillment in medicine for clinicians. They are committed to promoting a culture of wellness, resiliency and work-life integration across the organization and serve as a liaison between clinicians and administration on well-being priorities.

Sanford Health placed in the top 10 on the 2023 Military Friendly® Employer list and 2023 Military Spouse Friendly Employer list. In November of 2022, Sanford Health was recognized at No. 4 on the Best for Vets: Employers List by Military Times. This year, Sanford Health ranked No. 1 in the nonprofit category of employers and No. 1 in the health care category of employers. This is the fourth year in a row Sanford Health has been recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer and the first year being featured on the Military Friendly® Spouse Employer list.

Sanford Health has also created a variety of honor and recognition awards for employees that are making a true difference in the lives of those around them. Several award examples include Employee of Year, Brand Ambassador, HERO awards and various service awards.



About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.