Avera names new head of HR

Dec. 21, 2018

Kim Jensen has been named the new chief human resources officer at Avera Health.

It’s the top HR leadership position in the system. Jensen, who has been serving in an interim capacity, begins Dec. 30. She previously was vice president of talent management since 2012.

“Kim brings numerous years of experience with HR leadership – and specifically more than 20 years of experience with Avera. She has been absolutely integral in centralization of HR that began in 2012 and has led several successful initiatives,” president and CEO Bob Sutton said.

Jensen was named to this position after a national search process.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity and excited to continue to be innovative as we serve existing and potential employees of Avera,” she said. “I’ve always identified with the mission of Avera, and I look forward to serving this mission for many years to come.”

In her previous HR role, Jensen created and implemented Workforce Career Services, which includes career planning service and education outreach to build a pipeline for a future workforce. She has championed standardization of employment practices and has implemented several initiatives, including systemwide online performance reviews and an employee engagement survey.

She joined Avera in 1997, serving as vice president for human resources at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton until 2012. She also worked for more than a decade in administration and HR for the South Dakota Human Services Center.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and a credential of management studies from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She is nationally certified as an HR professional and has served in leadership roles in community and professional organizations.

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Avera names new head of HR

Kim Jensen has been named the new chief human resources officer at Avera Health.

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