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Sanford gets new CEO this month

WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Worthington Medical Center/Sanford Worthington Clinic announced Thursday that Michael Hammer will become its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 23.

Hammer replaces Lynn Olson, who left in November 2011.

As CEO, Hammer assumes a full-time role overseeing the strategic direction of Sanford Worthington as it seeks to strengthen its leadership position within the community, according to a Sanford Health press release issued Thursday.

Hammer has proven to be an accomplished leader in multiple healthcare organizations, leaving a strong leadership track record with proven results, the press release added.

Hammer earned his bachelor's degree at Concordia College, Moorhead, in business administration/hospital administration. He also has a master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

"With his background as an administrator and his proven ability in establishing relationships, we are delighted to have Michael lead our medical center," said Ed Weiland, Sanford Health Network president. "He has the expertise and leadership skills to continue the tradition of care already provided by the physicians and staff at Sanford Worthington Medical Center/Sanford Worthington Clinic."

Hammer, who currently resides in Merrill, Wis., has served on numerous boards and is an active leader in various service organizations in the Wisconsin region including the Merrill Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Sanford Worthington," Hammer commented in the press release. "I thoroughly enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the Worthington people. Health care is an asset to this community, and I look forward to the promising future for Sanford Worthington."