- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is joining Sanford Health as chief innovation officer.

The Dakotas-based Sanford announced Shulkin’s appointment Tuesday. In a statement, Sanford says Shulkin will serve as the health care system’s top administrator in innovation.

Sanford president and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft calls Shulkin “one of the most talented health care leaders in the country.”

Shulkin was fired as VA secretary by President Donald Trump earlier this year amid ethics charges and internal rebellion at the department over the role of private care for veterans. Shulkin said he was undone by advocates of privatization within the Trump administration.

At Sanford, Shulkin will be a director on the Sanford International Board. He will serve as an ambassador for Sanford on many of the system’s domestic and international projects.

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