Sanford Health earns Military Friendly Employer designation

Nov. 16, 2022

Vanessa Vondra
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the second time in one week, Sanford Health has been recognized for its commitment to veterans and active military employees. The health care system landed in the top 10 on the 2023 Military Friendly® Employer list and 2023 Military Spouse Friendly Employer list. Last week, Sanford Health was recognized at no. 4 on the Best for Vets: Employers List by Military Times. This is the fourth year in a row Sanford Health has been recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer but the first year being featured on the Military Friendly® Spouse Employer list.

“At Sanford Health, we believe in investing in our nation’s heroes to provide them with opportunities where they feel valued and supported. Their families should have the same experience, and that’s why we’ve made the effort to help military spouses find careers in the Sanford family,” said Capt. Paul Weckman, head of military and veteran affairs at Sanford Health. “Military spouses bring a unique perspective and skillset because of the lifestyle they live with their partner in the military. We appreciate that unique experience and want to help them thrive.”

Military Friendly® looks at an organization’s commitment, effort, and success to create sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community. More than 1,500 organizations competed for the Military Friendly® designation. Sanford Health ranked no. 5 as a top Military Friendly® employer and no. 6 as a top Military Friendly® Spouse Employer, both in the non-profit and government category.

“We want veterans to feel welcome and valued at Sanford Health. We offer industry-leading programs to support our heroes during and after their service,” said Capt. Weckman. “We are overjoyed and proud of a recognition like this from Military Friendly, but it’s not why we offer these industry-leading programs to veterans. We offer these services to them and their families because it’s the right thing to do.”

Some of the unique offerings to our nation’s veterans at Sanford include a continuation of benefits during qualified military deployments, an automatic interview after applying for an open position and education scholarships. A full list of those benefits and featured career opportunities for veterans and military service members can be found at

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.