Sanford Health announces Williston community board

WILLISTON, N.D. — Sanford Health is excited to announce its initial community board for the new hospital and clinic to be built in Williston Square. The community board will provide planning and development oversight of Sanford’s Williston operations and become the first hospital board upon project completion.

“Health care is best served at the local level, and we are excited to have a group from Williston and the surrounding area committed to helping us provide a high level of care to patients in the region,” said Michael LeBeau, M.D., president/CEO of the Bismarck region of Sanford. “The board’s formation is a significant step in our planning and development process.”

“Having a health care provider that includes the input of the local community worked very well for Williston,” said Williston Mayor Howard Klug. “This opportunity to work with a health care provider on a local level to provide insight about unique issues that affect our community will be positive for our city and region.”

Community board members include:

  • Ward Koeser: Former co-owner, Kotana Communications/former Williston mayor
  • Charlotte Ferrell: Regional director, Northwest Human Service Center
  • Sara Kasmer: Accountant controller/oil and gas analyst, K&A Oil
  • Dan Kalil: President, Kalil Farms
  • Dr. John Miller: President, Williston State College
  • Kristin Iverson: Financial associate, Thrivent
  • Whitney Stephenson: Senior landman, Equinor
  • Travis Pribula: Co-owner/coach at CrossFit Vokse
  • Sen. Brad Bekkedahl: State senator representing District 1, Williston City Commissioner 

Local Sanford physicians will be added to the community board for the new hospital and clinic in the future. The City of Williston and Sanford Health announced a vision to build a new hospital and clinic in Williston Square this March through the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The groups aim to have an agreement completed by Aug. 31, 2021.

About Sanford Health
The Sanford Bismarck region provides health care to central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northern South Dakota. It includes 21 clinics in Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Dickinson and Watford City, as well as a Level II trauma center located in Bismarck. Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health's transformative work to improve the human condition at sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.