FARGO — A management reshuffle taking effect Jan. 1 will send Nate White, the president of Sanford Health in Fargo, to Sioux Falls where he will return in a "corporate leadership role" in the health system's headquarters.

White, who became president of Sanford Fargo in 2017 when the new medical center opened, maintained his role of chief operating officer along with his duties as Sanford's top executive in Fargo.

Replacing White as president of Sanford Fargo will be Bryan Nermoe, president of Sanford Bemidji, who joined Sanford in 2008. White joined Sanford in 2006 as associate general counsel and was appointed chief operating officer of the Sioux Falls region health services division in 2012.

Once the change is effective, White will focus his attention on Sanford hospitals and clinics in a corporate leadership role. Opening the new Fargo Medical Center was a highlight of his time there, White said.

"Seeing it exceed all of our expectations here was remarkable and being able to be a member of that team" stands out as noteworthy, he said.

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For the past decade, White and Nermoe have worked closely together, White said, so Nermoe is well-prepared to step into the Sanford Fargo president role.

The reassignments of White and Nermoe were announced Thursday, Sept. 26, along with the announcement that Susan Jarvis, vice president of operations at Sanford in Fargo, will replace Nermoe as president of Sanford in Bemidji, also on Jan. 1.

Management changes will send Nate White, the president of Sanford Health in Fargo, seen here in May 2017, to Sioux Falls where he will return in a "corporate leadership role" in the health system's headquarters. Forum file photo
Management changes will send Nate White, the president of Sanford Health in Fargo, seen here in May 2017, to Sioux Falls where he will return in a "corporate leadership role" in the health system's headquarters. Forum file photo

Nermoe grew up in Moorhead and graduated from Concordia College, where he earned a degree in hospital administration, followed by a residency at Fargo-based MeritCare Health System, which merged with Sanford in 2009. After working at MeritCare for five years in the late 1990s, Nermoe worked for an independent physician group as its chief operating officer from 2000 to 2008, when he joined Sanford in Sioux Falls.

Sanford assigned Nermoe to its Bemidji medical center for what initially was intended as two weeks of operational planning. That turned into serving as interim president of Sanford's Bemidji campus before he was named to the permanent role in 2016.

Nermoe's time at MeritCare came shortly after the merger of Fargo Clinic and St. Luke's Hospital, which joined to form MeritCare.

"There was still a lot of work being done around integration," he said. "That was a very unique time."

Nermoe said he was tapped to assume the top executive role in Fargo as part of Sanford's succession planning, to ensure smooth transitions.

"Sanford is a growth company. We've been very blessed to be successful over the years and with that growth and success comes growth opportunities for individuals and leadership, staff and physicians. So growth precipitated it," he said.

When asked if he was interested in the Fargo position, Nermoe said he was quick to agree and is looking forward to returning to Fargo-Moorhead.

"It's pretty humbling," he said.

Susan Jarvis, vice president of Sanford in Fargo, will become president of Sanford in Bemidji (Minn.) on Jan. 1. Special to The Forum
Susan Jarvis, vice president of Sanford in Fargo, will become president of Sanford in Bemidji (Minn.) on Jan. 1. Special to The Forum

Jarvis became Sanford's executive director of emergency, trauma and critical services in Fargo in 2010. During her tenure, she led the opening of the new medical center and certification of its top-level adult trauma center as well as the opening of several clinics.

Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford's president and CEO, told his executive team he intends to stay at the helm until he is 65, White said. He is now 61.

Sanford has expanded enormously under Krabbenhoft's leadership, and now includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries.