Yankton — Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is pleased to announce that several members of its leadership team have been named vice presidents.

Ashli Danilko, MHA, FACHE, Executive Director of Organizational Excellence, will now be the Vice President of Administrative Services & Strategy.

Tony Erickson, Executive Director of Senior Services, will now be the Vice President of Senior Services.

Theresa Guenther, BA, MSE, Executive Director of Quality, will now be the Vice President of Quality.

“Ashli, Theresa and Tony have been a part of the leadership team at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for years, and they have had a tremendous impact on the direction and success of not just our local facilities but the entire Avera Health system,” said Doug Ekeren, Regional President and CEO of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. “I am grateful for all they have done to support our patients and residents, our employees and me. They are exemplary leaders who embody Avera’s values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship.”

Danilko has 14 years of experience in health care and had been executive director for six years. She provides administrative oversight for the organization’s strategic planning efforts, including patient engagement and business development.  Danilko also provides leadership support to  Avera Sports/Coach Rozy, the Wellness Center, Massage Therapy, Occupational Health, Avera Education & Staffing Solutions, maintenance, housekeeping and supply chain.

Erickson has 32 years of experience in health care and had been executive director for 19 years. He oversees the Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs campus with its 187 skilled nursing beds, 59 senior living apartments, eight townhomes and six residential suites. Erickson also provides administrative oversight of managed long-term care facilities in Irene and Wakonda; managed critical-access hospitals in Tyndall and Wagner; and owned critical-access hospitals in Creighton, Neb., and O’Neill, Neb.

Guenther has 17 years of experience in health care and had been executive director for seven years. She manages quality and performance improvement to continually advance the clinical outcomes of patients and residents. Guenther serves as the corporate compliance officer and is also responsible for medical staff functions, patient safety, infection prevention, accreditation, risk management and clinical documentation improvement. Additionally, she provides senior leadership for nutrition services, lab, case management and patient access (registration).

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