Wow—after Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft brazenly kicked the legs out from under his organization’s pledge to promote mask-wearing to fight coronavirus in South Dakota and his own medical staff’s public health recommendations, Sanford Health has announced the Krabbenhoft is out:
The Board of Trustees has announced that Sanford Health and longtime CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft have mutually agreed to part ways.
…The Board of Trustees has appointed Bill Gassen president and CEO of Sanford Health. Gassen has been with the organization since 2012, most recently serving as chief administrative officer. His appointment is effective immediately [Paul Heinert, “Sanford Health and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft Agree to Part Ways,” Sanford Health press release, 2020.11.24].
In other action to keep South Dakotans safe from coronavirus, Sanford Health yesterday announced that it is refunding all tickets and locking out spectators at its Thanksgiving break college basketball tournament:
Sanford Health and tournament officials with the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic have made the decision not to allow fans at the men’s and women’s tournaments scheduled for Nov. 25-30 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“The situation involving COVID-19 continues to change, and at this point the safest thing we can do for the fans is to allow them to watch the Sanford Pentagon games from home. We believe the bubble atmosphere can keep the players and coaches safe, but the situation with COVID-19 in the community requires keeping people apart,” said Jeremy Cauwels, M.D., senior vice president of clinic quality at Sanford Health. “We realize that many people who were planning to make the trip to Sioux Falls will be disappointed, but we believe this is the right decision for all involved” [Paul Heinert, “Crossover Classic Will Not Allow Fans at Basketball Games,” Sanford Health press release, 2020.11.23].
Meanwhile, the doctors and nurses at Sanford facilities and other hospitals around the state continue to do the real work of fighting the pandemic, putting their own lives on the line to protect a community whose leaders have set entirely the wrong tone to rally real resistance to coronavirus.