Sanford Health on Capitol Hill

November 16, 2017

Lawmakers gather in unanimous support for health system’s research initiatives.

For an evening in late October, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle found common ground: belief in Sanford Health’s vision to improve the human condition.

The congressional delegations from South Dakota and North Dakota, in addition to dozens of other lawmakers and policy leaders, including VA Secretary David Shulkin and Newt Gingrich, gathered at an awareness event on Capitol Hill to celebrate Sanford and the power of research to save and transform lives.

South Dakota’s senior senator, Sen. John Thune (pictured above with Kelby Krabbenhoft), welcomed guests, noting his pride in representing Sanford’s home state.

“I’m honored to partner with my friends at Sanford Health and nearly two dozen colleagues to host this event,” said Sen. Thune. “While Sanford extends across the country and around the globe, I’m proud that it is headquartered in South Dakota, where it has established a world-class hub for research and innovation.”

Sanford leaders Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO; Micah Aberson, chief global brand officer; and Dr. David Pearce, executive vice president of innovation and research; each took turns at the podium, sharing the latest developments from the health system.

Dr. Pearce especially captivated the audience by detailing Sanford’s research endeavors in key areas, including breast cancer, diabetes, rare childhood diseases and cellular therapies.

The Sanford Health Foundation, which helped spearhead the event, will carry this momentum forward to build national awareness about Sanford’s leadership in medical research.

“The lifesaving promise of medical research is something we can all unite behind and embrace in a spirit of collaboration to bring real hope and healing to the people we serve,” said Krabbenhoft.


Honorary co-hosts

Thank you to the following members of Congress who graciously co-hosted the Oct. 25 event celebrating Sanford Health:

Senator Lamar & Honey Alexander

Senator John & Bobbi Barrasso

Senator Roy & Abby Blunt

Senator John & Cathy Boozman

Senator Richard & Brooke Burr

Senator Susan Collins & Tom Daffron

Representative Kevin & Kris Cramer

Senator Joni & Gail Ernst

Senator Deb & Bruce Fischer

Senator Al & Franni Franken

Senator Chuck & Barbara Grassley

Senator John & Mikey Hoeven

Senator Amy Klobuchar & John Bessler

Senator Heidi Heitkamp & Dr. Darwin Lange

Senator Jerry & Robba Moran

Representative Kristi & Bryon Noem

Representative Collin C. Peterson

Senator Rob & Jane Portman

Senator Pat & Franki Roberts

Senator Mike & Jean Rounds

Senator Marco & Jeanette Rubio

Senator John & Kimberley Thune

Representative Tim & Gwen Walz