Sanford Health and Company Executives Honor Retiring Randy Bury
Holding dozens of leadership positions for over 40 years at Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society, Randy Bury has had an immense impact on both organizations.
Bury retired as President and CEO of the Company at the end of 2021.
We catch up with some of the colleagues who know him best. They share how Bury’s service to patients, residents, staff and communities will be remembered.
On living the mission
“I think the way Randy lived the mission each day was an experience of sacrifice. He has always sacrificed himself for the betterment of our organization and our patients. It was a constant theme in everything he did. He has always put our employees, our patients and the organization first. You saw it and you felt it. – Matt Hocks, Executive Vice President and COO of Sanford Health
“Whether it’s late nights at the medical center or you pull me away, into your office, to share your wisdom and insight with me, I will always be grateful for everything I have learned from you. I am eternally grateful for the things you have shown me and perhaps more importantly, the ability to have seen what it is like to have someone leading with integrity. – Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health
“In any organization, especially at the highest level of the organization, trust between team members is essential. There’s no one I trust more than Randy. I think that’s why we were able to run the organization as well as we have. Build so many new programs, new buildings, develop programs, everything that we have done together and as a team. ” – Becky Nelson, former Senior Vice President and retired COO of Sanford Health
“How many people do you know who show up for an internship and, 40 years later, retire from the same company? He’s just a person who has always reached that call and reached what was presented to him for an opportunity to strengthen a different area of the organization. There are a lot of departments that have been positively impacted with Randy. – Eric Vanden Hull, Vice President of Finance of the Company
“It didn’t matter if it was the best of the best days or the worst of the toughest days. The same guy showed up for work every day. For me, as a member of his team, it has always been very reassuring. I think it permeated the culture. Whereas people who might not have had the chance to work with him every day saw it and felt it too. I think it’s really important how he impacted people. – Mona Hohman, retired Sanford Health and Society executive
“I have been at the forefront of how Randy lives his faith day in and day out. From day one he has always said, “We’re here for the pitch. We are here to serve the field. We wouldn’t exist without the land and what they do every day. I don’t know if I’ve been to too many meetings where he doesn’t constantly remind us why we’re here. Certainly we have had some pretty tough days in the past 18 months. What Randy reminded us is that we truly are the hands and feet of Jesus. What we do and what we say matters every day. It is our job as leaders to uplift everyone around the Company. – Nate Schema, new President and CEO of the Company
“I first met you over 40 years ago at Augustana University. We were in the same program there in Augustana, the health care administration program. You were already kind of a legend. You were identified as someone who was going to make a difference in the healthcare industry. From that start in Augustana, I have known you throughout your career with your wife working at Good Samaritain for so many years. You have always supported operations and it has been quite difficult in recent years. From day one you have always been focused on our residents. You were focused on our people. You were focused on our facilities. – Randy Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Society for Region 1
Messages for retired Randy
“First of all, I just want to say thank you. I want to thank you for the over 40 years of your life that you, Sonia and your boys have dedicated to making this organization an amazing place to work, an amazing place to provide care and, above all, an amazing place to entertain. care. . This organization would not be what it is today without your sacrifice, your dedication to doing good for our people, our patients and our communities. ” – Bill Gassen
“Randy, after 40 and a half years in this organization, I cannot imagine what you have seen and experienced in your dedication to this organization, our staff and the patients. I wish you a good retirement. You have arrived. You’ve pretty much been through it all. A pandemic, a hurricane, a fire in the last two years and you got by and you left it in good hands with the people you have mentored over the years. Health to you. Hope you can spend some time and relax. You more than deserve it. – Matt Hocks
“I think you are so ready for retirement and you and Sonia are going to have a lot of fun. You have always had a life outside of work and your family has always come first and work first. But you never paid attention to one or the other. You will love the retreat. I want you to relax, be happy and try to follow me in fishing. – Becky Nelson
“He’s well known to say, ‘Okay, on a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think?’ So Randy, here today I tell you without hesitation it’s gonna be a 10 and you’re gonna love your new retirement life. You really are one of the good guys. I also want to thank Sonia for sharing Randy with the organization during her career. – Mona Hohman
“I would say thank you. You have been an absolute blessing to the Society of the Good Samaritan. You have been a blessing to me. I will cherish the last two years forever. The way you framed me and brought things to the fore, pointed out things we maybe could have done a little better, and guided us where we needed to change direction halfway through. We will be eternally grateful for the gifts, talents and how faithfully you have led this organization over the past few years. – Nate diagram
“I’m happy for you. Over 40 years as an executive at Sanford, Good Samaritan Society. It’s time to let it go a little bit and enjoy your retirement. Congratulations and thank you. I’m also happy that he hasn’t. “There is now only one Randy at the National Campus. I wish you all the best with your wife and two sons in Colorado. Come see me someday. Well done, good and faithful servant.” – Randy Fitzgerald
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