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Published on February 03, 2020

Avera Names Julie Norton as Chief Financial Officer

Bob Sutton, President and CEO of Avera Health, announces that Julie Norton of Sioux Falls has been selected as Chief Financial Officer for Avera.

Norton is currently Vice President of Operational Finance with Avera Health and previously was Senior Vice President for Finance and CFO for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. Norton has held financial positions with Avera for 20 years.

As CFO, she will serve as the senior financial steward of Avera, supporting a transparent, metrics-driven approach to financial business planning while developing and aligning measures of success across the organization.

Norton was named to this post after a national search. “Julie’s qualifications, expertise and experience as well as her demonstrated commitment to the Avera ministry and mission made her the leading candidate for this position. I’m confident in Julie’s leadership and her deep understanding of Avera’s financials,” Sutton said. “We are blessed to have someone of her high caliber as part of the leadership team of Avera.”

“I have been honored to serve in financial leadership for Avera and at this juncture in my career I’m thrilled to bring my experience and knowledge to the table to lead our amazing team of Finance professionals. Collaboration and teamwork are keys to Avera’s success as an organization, and I look forward to the great things we will do together,” Norton said.

Norton graduated from the University of South Dakota with majors in accounting and mathematics and is a certified public accountant (CPA) and chartered global management accountant (CGMA).

Committed to community involvement and mentoring leaders, Norton has served as past chair of the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Board of Trustees, past chair of the Sioux Empire United Way Board of Directors, a board member and past treasurer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a board member and past chair for Sioux Falls Area CASA and more.

Norton succeeds Jim Breckenridge, who is retiring in April after 45 years with Avera. Breckenridge played a key role in Avera’s growth, building the infrastructure for the complexities of regulations and the reimbursement system. He has led the system to a centralized financial process, capital allocation plan, debt obligation structure, and favorable bond ratings. Norton’s transition into the CFO role will begin Feb. 3.



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