Thank You!
We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who were able to take part in the Summit and also to those who were able to join us via the livestream. If you were not able to join us, we have the full Summit available for viewing and download below.
Sanford Health announced a landmark $350 million virtual care initiative in 2021 to transform health care for rural and underserved communities across the Midwest by significantly improving access to convenient, high-quality health care. We are reimagining how we deliver care in rural America – our vision is to bring affordable, comprehensive, and seamless medical care to people regardless of their zip code.

Sanford Health’s virtual care initiative will start to take shape this year. Design is underway for the Sanford Virtual Care Center and five rural satellite clinics.

To mark this important milestone in the future of rural health care delivery, Sanford Health will convene a national Summit on the Future of Rural Health Care with policymakers and health care leaders in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to share learnings, discuss challenges and explore opportunities to improve access to care for rural and underserved communities.

The half-day event will include moderated roundtable discussions and fireside chats. In-person attendance is invitation only. Others are encouraged to livestream the event. 
Date & Time
August 23, 2022, 9:30 AM
Event schedule
Note: All times in CST
9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Opening remarks
Sanford Health President and CEO Bill Gassen
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Fireside chat with Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Salesforce
Moderated by Erica DeBoer, RN, MA, CCRN-K, CNL chief nursing officer, Sanford Health
10:30-11:00 A.M.
Fireside chat with U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) Moderated by Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, President and CEO, AMGA
11:15 - 12:00 p.M.
Panel discussion with Jim Weinstein, MD, SVP, Microsoft Health, Innovation and Health Equity; Sheri Dodd, Vice President & General Manager, Medtronic Care Management Services; Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, Secretary, American Medical Association Board of Trustees; Chief Physician Officer, Geisinger System Services and Chair, Musculoskeletal Institute and Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Moderated by David Shulkin, MD, Ninth Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Senior Advisor, Sanford Health
12:15-12:50 p.m.
12:55-1:30 p.m.
Fireside chat with Eric Larsen, President, The Advisory Board Company and Aneesh Chopra, President and Co-founder, CareJourney
1:35-1:50 p.m.
Fireside chat with LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health
Moderated by Jeremy Cauwels, MD, FACP, FHM, chief physician, Sanford Health
1:50-2:00 p.m.
Closing remarks
Sanford Health President and CEO Bill Gassen
3:00 p.m.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Virtual Care Center
*will not be livestreamed
industry roundtable discussion
National health care leaders will explore how innovations in technology and other areas can serve as a catalyst to expand care access, reduce costs and improve health outcomes in rural America.
policy roundtable discussion
U.S. Sen. John Thune will discuss how investments in telehealth, broadband access and mental health are critical for improving health care in rural areas for generations to come.
Dr. Geeta Nayyar will discuss what today’s digital transformation means for the future of rural health care.
Eric Larsen and Aneesh Chopra will explore how innovation, patient-centered digital health solutions and value-based models will shape the future of care delivery.
virtual FIRESIDE CHAT WITH DR. LaShawn mciver
Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health, will discuss the connection between health care quality and equity and CMS' strategy to “rethink rural health” and drive system-wide change.
Virtual care center groundbreaking
As part of Sanford Health’s strategic vision to transform how we deliver care, we will break ground on our Virtual Care Center opening in 2024.

Aneesh Chopra

Co-founder & President, CareJourney
Aneesh Chopra attended Johns Hopkins University and then the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After graduate school, Aneesh worked in the private sector, and was later appointed by Governor Mark Warner to several councils and commissions. In 2009 President Obama appointed Aneesh as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Aneesh was charged with promoting innovation to address the nation’s most urgent priorities -- from creating jobs to reducing health care costs and keeping our nation secure. Aneesh ran for the Democratic nomination for Virginia Lt. Governor in 2013. He presently serves as co-chair of the Virginia Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. He lives in Arlington with his wife Rohini Chopra and their two daughters.

Erica DeBoer, RN, MA, CCRN-K, CNL

Chief Nursing Officer, Sanford Health
Erica DeBoer serves as Sanford Health’s chief nursing officer. A member of the organization’s executive leadership team, DeBoer provides clinical expertise for Sanford Health’s work in quality, safety, research and care management. She also oversees the integration of clinical initiatives.
DeBoer has more than 20 years of experience as a front-line registered nurse, including roles in critical care, clinical leadership and education. She most recently served as Sanford Health’s senior executive director of nursing and clinical services and clinical informatics. DeBoer has also served as adjunct faculty for nursing programs at South Dakota State University and the University of Sioux Falls.
Active in several professional associations, DeBoer holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in nursing from Augustana University.

Jeremy Cauwels, MD, FACP, FHM

Chief Physician, Sanford Health
As Sanford Health's chief physician, Dr. Cauwels represents physician interests to the executive leadership team and Board of Trustees. He also chairs the quality cabinet, champions the system’s effort to become a highly reliable organization and oversees enterprise aspects of the medical staff.
Dr. Cauwels started with Sanford Health as a hospitalist in Sioux Falls in 2006, was promoted to director of the group and eventually became Sanford USD Medical Center’s chief of staff. Dr. Cauwels is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Sheri Dodd

Vice President and General Manager, Medtronic Care Management Services
Sheri Dodd has over 25 years of healthcare experience spanning the pharmaceutical, medical device and public health sector.

Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) includes patient monitoring and care management services focused on improving clinical and economic outcomes for the complex, chronic, comorbid patient. Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies (NDT) focuses on patients with type 2 diabetes with the goal of making glucose a vital sign.

Ms. Dodd joined Medtronic in March 2010 and has served in clinical, health economics & reimbursement leadership roles. Prior to Medtronic, she spent 13 years at Johnson & Johnson and 5 years at the World Health Organization. She holds a Master's degree in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics.

Eric Larsen

President, The Advisory Board Company
Eric Larsen serves as President of The Advisory Board Company, a best practices firm dedicated to improving the performance of healthcare organizations around the world. Eric received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In addition to his work with The Advisory Board, Eric serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations, including on the Board of Directors for Mytonomy, a patient experience cloud company; Contessa Health, a home recovery care organization that offers acute care, post-acute care, and surgical procedure services; and Somatus, a leading provider of value-based kidney care for health plans, health systems, and provider groups. Eric profiles the industry’s preeminent healthcare leaders in his published series, "Lessons from the C-Suite." To date, he has published more than 50 of these conversations, and the majority of his CEO participants are perennial members of Modern Healthcare’s "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare."

LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH

Director, CMS Office of Minority Health
Dr. LaShawn McIver joined CMS as the Director of the Office of Minority Health in 2020. She is a proven public health leader with experience in driving successful health initiatives and public policy efforts aimed at promoting health equity, improving health outcomes, increasing access to care, and promoting health system reform. Previously, Dr. McIver led Government Affairs & Advocacy (GA&A) efforts at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as its Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances and later as its Senior Vice President of all GA&A. She has also served as the inaugural HIV/AIDS fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Center for Policy Analysis and Research and as a program director at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce
Dr. G is Salesforce's Chief Medical Officer. She's a rheumatologist and nationally-recognized leader in health IT, bridging the divide between clinical medicine, business, and digital health.  As a Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, she helps steer decision-making at some of the nation’s most influential medical organizations.  Her work and expertise have earned her appearances on CNN, PBS and been featured in CNBC and the Huffington Post.

Jerry Penso, MD, MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer, AMGA
Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., is president and chief executive officer at AMGA (formerly the American Medical Group Association), a trade association that represents medical groups and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most influential integrated healthcare delivery systems.
Dr. Penso previously served as chief medical and quality officer for AMGA and president of AMGA Foundation. Under his leadership, the impact of AMGA’s quality programs grew to improve care for 26 million patients.
Prior to joining AMGA, Dr. Penso served as medical director, continuum of care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRSMG), the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego.
Dr. Penso received his Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University, his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

David Shulkin, MD

Executive Vice President, Strategic Advisor, Sanford Health
Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, offers his expertise in health care, government, technology and public health as executive vice president and strategic advisor to Sanford Health.
Shulkin is also a director on the Sanford International Board and serves as an ambassador for Sanford Health for its many domestic and international projects.
Prior to serving as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Shulkin was the leader of the largest integrated health care system in the United States as the VA’s Under Secretary of Health. He has also served in CEO roles for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.
Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and is a board-certified internist. He completed an internship at Yale University School of Medicine and a residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center

Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA

Secretary, American Medical Association Board of Trustees; Professor and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Institute and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Geisinger Health System; Chief Physician Officer, Geisinger System Services
Throughout his career, Dr. Suk has been a vocal leader on public health issues, including the role and importance of organized medicine, resident work hours, social determinants of health and numerous other public health concerns.

Dr. Suk is widely sought after for his expertise in new models for health care payment and delivery, physician engagement, and leadership. In 2018, for example, he disrupted the dialogue on value-based care by developing and offering the world’s first “lifetime warranty” for total joint replacement. Dr. Suk is also one of the nation’s leading clinical voices for well-being through connections with nature, outdoor recreation and unstructured play.

Senator John Thune

U.S. Senator, South Dakota
For the 117th Congress, John serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Finance Committee. He serves as ranking member of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband and ranking member of the Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight. He also serves as the Senate Republican whip, the number two position in Senate Republican leadership, and has previously served as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee from 2009–2011 and chairman of the Senate Republican Conference from 2012-2018.

John and his wife Kimberley live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and they have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, pheasant hunting, and running.

Jim Weinstein, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare
Dr. James N. Weinstein joined Microsoft in July 2018 as Senior Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare, leading strategy, inequities and innovation. He leads several “precision population health” efforts to forge new paths to end racial and ethnic disparities. He is a pioneer in remote care delivery establishing one first telemedicine and remote sensor technologies programs. In 2015, Dr. Weinstein co-developed ImagineCare, a virtual health care system that incorporates 24/7 connectivity to manage chronic diseases outside the traditional bricks and mortar hospital-based systems.

Dr. Weinstein is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer and President of Dartmouth Health. He led national efforts in U.S. for Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM’s) and Health Equity for more than three decades. Currently he holds a Clinical Professorship in the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, and the Dartmouth TUCK Business Schools. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and served on the organization’s Board for Population Health and Public Health Practice.
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