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Former secretary of state taking over as CEO of Avera Pierre hospital
Shantel Krebs has served as interim head of Avera St. Mary's since March
PIERRE – Former Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has been named the regional president and CEO of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, a position she has been filling on an interim basis since March.
“It is a true honor to have been selected to lead the Avera St. Mary’s region into the future,” Krebs said. “Together, we will carry on the great work that this region is known for and keep inpatient and outpatient quality at the forefront of everything we do.”
Krebs will be a member of the Avera senior leadership team as part of her new position, offering her expertise in designated service lines intended to support the overall delivery model for the healthcare system.
Krebs first stepped into the role of interim regional president and CEO following the medical leave and passing of Dr. Mikel Holland earlier this year.
“This great team is a true testament to Avera’s commitment to rural healthcare,” Krebs remarked.
A lifelong South Dakotan, Krebs has spent much of her professional career working in and around Pierre. The Dakota State University graduate spent 10 years in the state Legislature before being selected as the state’s top election official, a role from which she would run for Congress in 2018.
More recently, she held the role of administrator of the Avera Academy, a program she established to identify, train, and employ aspiring healthcare professionals.
A former Miss South Dakota, Krebs also served as the volunteer chair of the national Miss America Organization.
“It is a true honor to have been selected to lead the Avera St. Mary’s region into the future,” Krebs said, reflecting on her appointment. “Together, we will carry on the great work that this region is known for and keep inpatient and outpatient quality at the forefront of everything we do.”
Krebs and her husband, Mitch, plan to relocate to the Pierre area for the job.