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Published on January 24, 2014

Jennifer Poppen Named Interim CEO At Avera Creighton

Jennifer Poppen has been named the interim CEO at Avera Creighton Hospital. Poppen is a native of Madison, S.D. and a graduate of The University of South Dakota. She received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Poppen has been serving as an administrative fellow at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital since July 2013. Prior to that, she had served two other administrative internships with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Minn. and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

During her time at Avera Sacred Heart, Poppen has served several roles including interim Director of Organizational Excellence. That position enabled her to focus her leadership abilities on patient and resident satisfaction as well as strategic planning. She will begin her duties in Creighton Feb. 8.

“We would all like to thank outgoing CEO Mark Schulte for his three years of service as Avera Creighton’s CEO,” said Russ Diedrichsen, Creighton Advisory Council Chair and ASHH Board Member. “Mark and his family have found a new opportunity in Sturgis, S.D. and we wish them all the best.

“Recruitment of a permanent CEO has been initiated, and as candidates are identified, the Avera Creighton Hospital Advisory Council will be involved with the final selection,” Diedrichsen continued.