Todd Forkel

Todd Forkel is the President and CEO of Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, SD. Avera St. Luke’s has a long standing partnership with the Studer Group. Todd has served in executive leadership roles in the past at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as well as Innovis Health and Essentia Health in Fargo, ND. Todd is a registered radiology technologist and has a degree in radiology sciences from Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. In addition, Todd has an undergraduate degree in business management from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD along with an MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from California Coast University. He is a green belt in Lean/Six Sigma and has also completed a leading change management set of courses through Cornell University.

Work Experience

  • Regional President/CEO Avera St. Luke’s Aberdeen, SD 2011 - Present
  • Senior Vice President of Operations Essentia Health, Fargo, ND 2010 – 11
  • Vice President of Clinics & Network Operations Avera St. Luke’s, Aberdeen, SD 2008 - 2010
  • Vice President of Acute Care Services/Clinics Innovis Health (Essentia Health) Fargo, ND 2006 - 2008
  • Administrative Director of Radiology Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota 2004 - 2006
  • Director of Radiology Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen, SD 1998 – 2004
  • Staff Radiology Technologist Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen, SD 1993-1998
  • Operations Resource Management Specialist, United States Air Force 1987-1990


  • Grassroots Champion South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations 2013
  • Avera St. Luke’s “One Pace Beyond” Nominee “Caring with Leadership” 2009
  • Avera St. Luke’s “One Pace Beyond” Nominee “Caring with Leadership” 2004
  • Avera Health “Quality Congress” Nominee “Excellence in Leadership” 2004
  • Presented at AHRA Electronic Imaging Conference “Managing the Culture Change of PACS” 2004
  • Avera Health “Quality Congress” Nominee PACS Installation 2003
  • Avera Health “Quality Congress” Nominee Service Excellence Initiative 2002
  • Avera St. Luke’s “One Pace Beyond” Nominee Service Excellence Initiative 2000
  • Avera St. Luke’s Technologist of the Year 1997
  • United States Air Force Airman of the Year – 431 TES 1990
  • United States Air Force Air Force Accommodation Medal 1989


  • Cornell University Change Leadership Certification 2014
  • Green Belt Certification Lean Six Sigma Aveda Institute 2014
  • Masters in Business Administration University of Mary 2011
  • Evidenced Based Leadership Training Studer Group 2009/2011
  • Creating a Customer-Centered Culture IMT Consulting and Training 2005
  • Masters of Science in Health Care Administration California Coast University 2002
  • Leading an Empowered Organization Avera St. Luke’s Hospital 1999
  • Disney Institute of Service Excellence Walt Disney World 1999
  • Bachelors of Science in Business Management Northern State University 1998
  • Associates of Science in Radiography Presentation College 1994

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