Business Briefs for June 1

Heemeyer is promoted to human resources vice president at North Star

Marcy Heemeyer has been promoted to vice president of human resources. Heemeyer has worked for North Star since 2018 and previously held the position of department manager.

Olson promoted to loss control assistant manager at North Star

Brandon Olson has been promoted to assistant manager of Loss Control. Olson has worked for North Star since 2002 and previously had the position of senior claims representative for the Auto Claims department.

Clark named chief strategy and growth officer at Avera Health

Avera Health announces the appointment of Tom Clark, as the new chief strategy and growth officer, effective July 12. Clark, who will join Avera’s executive leadership team, will guide the health system’s strategic priorities in alignment with its vision for the future — to create healthier communities, now and for generations to come.

“The health care industry is at an inflection point in terms of value-based care, consumer demand across all aspects of the care experience, and now resiliency through this COVID-19 environment. Our health care ministry must be positioned to respond and meet patients’ and members’ needs in high-reliability, high-quality and lower-cost scenarios, and we want to strengthen our leadership team to address just that,” said Bob Sutton, president and CEO of Avera Health.

“Avera will benefit from Tom’s strong commitment to our mission, his consensus-building leadership style, and his thoughtful vision for the future of this health care system.”

Clark brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care sector. Most recently, he served as a regional president and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, S.D., where he served since 2011. Prior to Avera, Clark served in various CEO and marketing leadership roles in hospitals located in Indiana. His work has included operations, strategic planning, business development, facility management, productivity and other business value creation efforts.

The new chief strategy and growth officer will oversee a broad compendium of strategic departments across Avera. Clark will provide executive direction to the CEO of Avera e-Care, CEO of Avera Health Insurance Division, CEO of Avera@Home, senior vice president of Strategic Marketing and Communications, senior vice president of Rural Health, senior vice president of Business Development; vice president of Performance Excellence and the Director of Facility Development.

“Avera represents the best in health care today — a system that has its eye on the future and a steadfast focus on quality outcomes and experiences for the people it serves,” said Clark. “I’m thrilled to take on this new position. I have a passion for creating an environment that enables patients and members to receive great care and service, physicians to practice high quality medicine, and employees to love where they work.”

The announcement of Clark’s appointment begins the process of further advancing Avera’s realignment of its regional operations and follows Avera’s strategy and its strategic effort to innovate and sustain the health system’s infrastructure for the future. 

Bock achieves membership in MDRT

Todd Bock, CLU, ChFC, CASL, of Marshall, achieved membership in the prestigious MDRT organization, a coveted career milestone that offers the opportunity to share innovative ideas and best practices with other leading financial professional members. This is the 15th year that Bock achieves MDRT membership.

Membership in MDRT is a highly recognized mark of excellence and limited to only the most successful in the financial services profession. This places Bock among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry.

Members are provided career-shaping resources to better communicate and serve clients, as well as opportunities to broaden professional development. The exchange of ideas at MDRT meetings helps members gain new and unique insights to better serve clients’ individual needs. Working with an MDRT member connects clients not only to a highly credible and leading financial advisor but also to cutting-edge strategies.

“For more than nine decades MDRT has delivered access to innovative ideas to motivate members and help them refine their skills,” said MDRT Regina Bedoya, CLU, ChFC. “MDRT is committed to helping our members achieve inspired growth and personal success.”


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