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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending March 17

Sanford Health welcomes 6 new providers

FARGO — Six new providers have recently joined the Sanford Health Fargo team. The added providers will enhance expertise in a variety of specialties and further improve access to care.

  • Andrea Hanson, N.P. – Sanford Southpointe Clinic
  • Julie Honeyman, CRNA – Sanford Medical Center Broadway
  • Jordan Idso, CRNA – Sanford Medical Center Broadway
  • Ivan Martic, CRNA – Sanford Medical Center Broadway
  • Katelynn Ryan, CRNA – Sanford Medical Center Broadway
  • Sherry Smith, N.P. – Sanford South University

Hanson received her graduate degree from Maryville University in Missouri. She is board certified in gerontology by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. Hanson specializes in internal medicine.

Honeyman, Idso, Martic and Ryan all received their graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. They are board certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. They all specialize in anesthesiology.

Smith received her graduate degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program – Family. She specializes in internal medicine.

Starion mortgage banker named top 1% in nation

Starion Bank mortgage officer Kassy Landis was named to the Mortgage Executive Magazine’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America list for the second consecutive year.

Landis, a mortgage banking officer since 2012, is located at the Bismarck branch on N. Washington Street. She joined Starion in 2006 as a teller, advanced to business banking representative in 2007 and became a mortgage underwriter in 2008. Landis earned an associate degree from Bismarck State College and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University, both in business administration.

Mortgage Executive Magazine annually compiles a comprehensive list of the nation’s top 1 percent of mortgage originators in the United States. The minimum eligibility criteria are a total personal production of at least $30 million in 2016.

Bismarck Aero Center promotes Brooks

After being employed with Bismarck Aero Center for almost two years, Ray Brooks has been promoted to Lead Certified Flight Instructor. Through his tenure with the company, he has proven his dedication to the company’s values, professionalism, customer service and safety.

Prior to Bismarck Aero Center, Brooks spent 24 years in the United States Air Force, where he focused on mentoring and training others. While on active duty, he took advantage of opportunities to pilot himself in many interesting locations around the world.

In his expanded role, Brooks will be responsible for providing flight instruction, leadership in managing flight student relations and oversight for the BAC rental aircraft. Brooks has been flying since 2011.

Gjovig to retire from UND Center for Innovation

Bruce Gjovig, CEO and Entrepreneur Coach for the University of North Dakota’s Center for Innovation Foundation and the UND Center for Innovation, will retire April 30 after 33 years .

The Center for Innovation Foundation will host a retirement celebration and reception for Gjovig at 4 p.m. April 18 at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center.

Under Gjovig’s leadership, the Center, launched in 1984 in a storage closet in Harrington Hall,  started as an idea and became a leading entrepreneur and innovation center in the nation with two tech incubators. The Foundation has received 16 national and international awards for excellence, and is slated to receive two international awards at the International Business Innovation Conference in Seattle March 27-28 including the Mixed-Use Incubator of the Year.

Gjovig will remain in Grand Forks and will continue to play an active role in the community.

He currently serves as chair of the Bioscience Association of North Dakota (BioND), chair of Grand Forks Herald Business News Advisory Board for the Greater Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, advisor to the Grand Sky Development Company, vice chair of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation, chair of the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation, a board member of the Public Arts Commission and a member of the Base Realignment Impact Committee.  He is also an appointee of the US Air Force Chief of Staff’s Civic Leader Group to provide civilian input to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff, and the major commands of the US Air Force.

Avera Announces New President of Avera Heart Hospital

Avera Health has appointed Michael E. (Mick) Gibbs to the position of President of Avera Heart Hospital.

Gibbs will begin his new role May 1. He will also serve as Cardiac and Vascular Service Line Leader for Avera Health. Gibbs and his wife, Michelle, and their three daughters will relocate to Sioux Falls from their home in Rapid City, S.D.

Gibbs has 14 years of experience in health care administration, most recently at Rapid City Regional Hospital as President, and before that as Chief Operating Officer. He has also held leadership positions at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., and Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon, Neb.

He holds a master of health care administration degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; a master of biomedical ethics degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and a bachelor of speech communication from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Altru Announces Manager of Privacy and Compliance

GRAND FORKS — Janelle Holth has accepted the position of manager of privacy and compliance at Altru Health System. In her new role, she will oversee and lead Altru’s compliance with regulatory standards, as well as adherence to HIPAA Privacy. With over 30 years of nursing experience in the areas of critical care, rural health, home care and hospice, and regulatory compliance, Holth has served in progressive leadership roles at Altru, helping to ensure quality and patient safety. She has worked with vocational education with Grand Forks Public Schools and guest lectures for senior nursing students at the University of North Dakota, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, on the topics of quality and patient safety. She most recently assumed the role of Chief Nurse Designee, providing valuable nursing insight and leadership.

CHI St. Alexius Health Announces Excellence in Nursing Awards

BISMARCK — CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck announces its 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award recipients. Five nurses were recognized by their colleagues as individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in the profession of nursing and make significant contributions to the profession of nursing.

Judy Fischer, RN, received the Excellence in Teaching Award for significant contributions to the education of colleagues, students, patients or families. Fischer is a nurse in the Transitional Care Unit and started her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 2001.

Mary Ludwig, RN, received the Excellence in Precepting Award for outstanding nursing practice as demonstrated through orientation of new nursing staff and precepting of students. Ludgwig has served on numerous committees within the medical center and at a national level on the board for the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She is a nurse in the Children’s Unit and started her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 1988.

Melissa Scheresky, RN received the Excellence in Community Service Award for significant contributions to promote health in the community. Prior to becoming a nurse and case manager with CHI Health at Home, Scheresky served as director of nursing at Garrison Memorial Hospital. She has more than 20 years working in the healthcare field.

Peggy Urlacher, RN received the Excellence in Evidence Based Practice Award. This award is given to a nurse who has completed evidence-based practice changes contributing to improvements in patient care, nursing practice and/or education. Urlacher brings more than 24 years of nursing experience to her current role as resource nurse in the Telemetry Unit. She started working at CHI St. Alexius Health in 2009, and began her current role in 2013.

Cindy Scott, RN, was the recipient of the 2016 Nightingale Nursing Award. This award recognizes individuals with a long tradition at CHI St. Alexius Health and honors a nurse who has made outstanding contributions to nursing throughout an active nursing practice of 40 or more years. Scott began her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 1974. She has filled multiple roles during her time as a floor nurse, doing outpatient education at Well Baby Clinic, and most recently as the Women’s and Children’s Unit primary lactation consultant.