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FARGO — The leader of Sanford Health’s Fargo branch has stepped down.

Bryan Nermoe, 56, told The Forum he decided to leave his position as the health system’s CEO and president of Fargo operations.

Tiffany Lawrence, vice president of finance for the Fargo market, has replaced him in the interim, with the changes effective Friday, March 4, Sanford spokesman Nathan Aamodt confirmed.

In a phone interview, Nermoe said he’s not sure what he plans to do next. “It’s a good time for me to look at the next chapter in my life and really for the first time in 30 years to have a blank page on what that might look like,” he said.

Nermoe joined Sanford in 2008 in Sioux Falls. He became president for the Fargo region in 2019 after the health care system announced Sept. 26, 2019, that his predecessor, Nate White, would leave Jan. 1, 2020, to take a “corporate leadership role” at the Sioux Falls headquarters.

Sanford spokesman Paul Heinert told The Forum Friday that White left the organization in 2019, though he declined to say why. Last year, White became president of Newpoint Healthcare Advisors, a national health industry consulting firm based in Arizona.

Before becoming president of Sanford’s Fargo region, Nermoe was president of Sanford’s Bemidji campus starting in 2016. He also served as the chief operating officer for the Sanford Clinic in the Sioux Falls region and enterprise vice president of population health strategy and enterprise services in Bemidji.

Nermoe oversaw Sanford Fargo during the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that the accomplishments in his region during that time are a testament to the dedicated, hard work of a lot of people.

“Bryan’s focus on building a talented team has enabled Sanford Health to deliver world-class care for our patients in the region,” Dr. Michael LeBeau, Sanford vice president and chief of health services operations, said Friday in a statement.

The pandemic years were long, Nermoe told The Forum. He said it’s time to relax, spend time with his family and reflect on what he wants to do next.

He said he appreciated being a part of Sanford over the last 13 years.

“The impact Sanford has had on me as an individual and the communities we serve is incredible,” Nermoe said in a statement. “I have worked with so many wonderful people throughout the years both inside Sanford and in the communities I have had the privilege to be a part of.”

Tiffany Lawrence.

Sanford Health photo

The interim leader, Lawrence, has been with Sanford for over 25 years.

She started her career at Dakota Hospital in Fargo before moving to a finance role at MeritCare in 1996, according to her biography on Sanford’s website. She later moved into a management position. MeritCare merged with Sanford in 2009.

Lawrence then became the chief financial officer for the Fargo Broadway hospital until 2015. That’s when she moved into the finance vice president post.

“Tiffany will bring significant leadership, finance and operational experience to this role,” LeBeau said.

The health system declined to make Lawrence available for an interview with The Forum.

Sanford Health is Fargo’s top employer with about 9,000 workers, according to Sanford. It also was the biggest employer in the state as of 2020, according to Job Service North Dakota. Sanford has about 13,000 employees in North Dakota.

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