Sanford to convene 2nd Summit on Future of Rural Health Care

Oct. 2, 2023

Paul Heinert
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health will bring together some of the most exciting voices in health care for the second annual Summit on the Future of Rural Health Care. The event will include candid, wide-ranging conversations focused on creating a more resilient, sustainable rural health care workforce – from advancing health equity and solving physician burnout to the role of AI and digital innovation in transforming how we work.

Confirmed speakers include Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., president of the American Medical Association, Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., one of the nation’s leading practitioners shaping the future of health care, Joseph Betancourt, M.D., president of the Commonwealth Fund and Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association – among others.

The summit takes place Oct. 18 at the Sanford Barn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will also be live streamed for journalists and the public to join. The event begins at 8 a.m. CT.

Bill Gassen, president and CEO of Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, will provide opening and closing remarks at the summit.

“Rural America faces unique challenges when it comes to health care, and we look forward to bringing the best and brightest together to explore breakthrough ideas to attract and retain the caregivers we need today and cultivate the workforce we know we will need tomorrow,” said Gassen. “The nationally recognized experts taking part in this summit are changemakers committed to health care transformation.”

Confirmed speakers and agenda topics include:


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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 201,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 46 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, 186 Good Samaritan Society senior living centers and world clinics in nine 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.