November 2, 2018
Earlier this fall, Nathan Peterson took leave from his role as Sanford Health’s chief of staff and vice president of strategic planning and governance to serve 100 days of active duty with the Air National Guard.
Before he deployed, Sanford leaders gathered to celebrate Peterson’s service and announce that they’d collectively pledged $57,000 to Sanford’s Veterans Clubs in Sioux Falls and Fargo in his honor.
Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health president and CEO, with Nathan Peterson at Peterson’s deployment party
Peterson, who recently entered his 20th year as an enlisted member of the Guard, was instrumental in making the clubs possible and in creating Sanford’s department of veterans and military services, which launched last year.
“It was a passion of mine to help set that up and see that happen,” Peterson said. “My grandfather served during World War II, and I have an uncle and a cousin in the Guard and a family history of military service.”
Peterson will return home to Sioux Falls this November and be welcomed back to his role at Sanford.
Honoring local heroes
Every month, more than 4,000 service members visit Sanford Health, and now, at Sanford’s medical centers in Fargo and Sioux Falls, they have a dedicated space of their own for comfort and camaraderie.
The Sanford Veterans Clubs are the first of their kind in the United States, and the health system plans to open more in other regions.
In addition to providing a space to relax or talk with fellow veterans between appointments, the private areas offer coffee and water, guest computer access and a lounge with a game table and TV.
In Sioux Falls, the club is adjacent to Locken Lobby at the Sanford USD Medical Center, just past the First Premier Bank on the way to the Heart Hospital.
As we approach Veterans Day on Nov. 11, consider a gift that will honor veterans all year long. Contact our office in Sioux Falls to learn more about supporting the Sanford Veterans Club.