After 45 years at Sanford, Randi Schaeffer has left a lasting legacy.

In celebration: Randi Schaeffer leaves lasting legacy after 45 years devoted to children, families

June 29, 2021

After 45 years at Sanford Health, Randi Schaeffer retired from her role as executive director of Sanford Women’s and Children’s this summer.

Randi has been the driving force behind major children’s initiatives, from the Amber’s Dream project, which transformed Sanford Children’s Bismarck into a colorful, healing space just for kids, to the campaign that brought child life and music therapy to Sanford Bismarck.

Through her leadership and long-time generosity through the Foundation, she touched countless lives and leaves a legacy that will endure for years to come.


Remembering Randi

Randi has left an incredibly meaningful impact on not only Sanford’s patients, families and employees, but also on the entire western North Dakota community. 

When I was a kid growing up in Bismarck, I fondly remember going to Meddy Bear concerts, and my doctor putting a cast on my Meddy Bear when I broke my arm, both of which were made possible through Randi’s work. These memories stick with patients and families throughout a lifetime, and truly transform their experiences. 

Randi’s vision to expand services and outreach has been remarkable, and I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of that expansion in my work offering music therapy and child life services to the young patients that see us in Bismarck. Throughout my time at Sanford, I’ve seen how Randi’s passion for her work also inspires staff, including myself, to innovate and to lead our region in excellence in health care. It’s clear that Randi’s legacy will stand the test of time and will continue to positively impact patient care in very significant ways far into her well-deserved retirement. 

—Bobbi Jo Vandal,
Lead Child Life Specialist and Music Therapist
Sanford Children’s Bismarck


The Sanford Health Foundation will forever be grateful to Randi for sharing her dreams and passion with us. It is her leadership and vision for world-class children’s health care in Bismarck that allowed for the community to philanthropically support the efforts. 

Without Randi’s guidance and the support of our donors, we would not be able to provide the care we do today…care that happens in a child-friendly atmosphere thanks to the Amber’s Dream project, and with programs like child life and music therapy that makes a stay in the hospital a lot more fun. As we celebrate her retirement, we remember all of the amazing things Randi has done to make an impact on our community.

—Sara Haugen
Executive Director
Sanford Health Foundation