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Craig Lambrecht, who has served as the Bismarck region president since 2011, has accepted a new role and will be joining Kalispell Regional Healthcare in Kalispell, Mont., as its president and CEO.

Michael LeBeau, vice president of clinics at Sanford in Bismarck, has been named as the new president of Sanford Bismarck. LeBeau has been with Sanford for more than 10 years specializing in kidney care as a nephrologist. The New Town native has been instrumental in the organization’s growth in central and western North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks and serves on the Sanford Board of Trustees.

The transition will take place at the end of the month or early February.

Lambrecht said he was approached by Kalispell, which was "keenly aware" of the growth Sanford Health had experienced in Bismarck in terms of patient numbers, revenue, beds, providers and more, about coming out to lead the organization there.

Lambrecht said he's comfortable with Sanford's performance and the leadership team succeeding him, which is why he decided to take the new job.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead the Bismarck region of Sanford Health,” LeBeau said. “Being a North Dakota native, I am passionate about the communities we serve in central and western North Dakota ... I look forward to enhancing the care and access we provide our patients.”

During his time with Sanford, Lambrecht led Medcenter One through the Sanford merger in 2012. Since then, the hospital system has increased providers by 77 percent, expanded care and outreach in numerous communities in central and western North Dakota and developed strong community partnerships.

Sanford Health Bismarck currently has 350 providers on staff. LeBeau said the hospital's recruitment plan calls for signing four more providers by the end of 2019.

LeBeau said they've been able to add enough medical and surgical sub-specialists to the staff that they're now able to receive referrals from across the region. For example, the obstetrics department numbers have grown to where they've started offering care for increased risk pregnancies not offered before on this side of the state.

In its growth, Sanford also picked up doctors who made the move over from CHI St. Alexius Health - providers who may have left the community otherwise but, because of inter-hospital physician relationships, were “willing to look at what it might be like over at Sanford," Lambrecht said.

LeBeau said his next goal as the hospital's new leader is facility development - adding beds and adding space.

The hospital has $100 million in planned facility development over the next five years - this includes neonatal intensive care space and in-house MRI and CT scanners.

"We're adding technology to the services we've expanded on to create an environment where we can take in those really sick patients," Lambrecht said.

Lambrecht has been with Sanford for more than 27 years and served as president of the Bismarck region for the past nine years.

The Wishek native started his career in 1983, when he joined the North Dakota National Guard as a second lieutenant and served for more than three decades, including serving two tours in Iraq as the senior medical officer.

“My time at Sanford has been both exciting and rewarding,” Lambrecht said. “Health care is such a vital part of a community. As a leader, my goal has always been to provide quality patient care and access to central and western North Dakota and Sanford’s commitment to our region has far exceeded my expectations.”

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Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com.

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