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DakotaCare CEO leaves to be president of Sanford Health Plan

PIERRE (AP) — The former chief executive of DakotaCare has resigned and is becoming president of Sanford Health Plan.

DakotaCare interim Chief Executive Officer Paul Amundson says that Kirk Zimmer resigned as CEO on Friday. Sanford says Zimmer will take over as president beginning Dec. 1.

Zimmer says he's excited to tackle a complicated and challenging industry at Sanford Health Plan, where he will oversee all of its products and services. The non-profit organization has a network of 18,000 providers and offers coverage across several states.

Zimmer had been chief executive of DakotaCare since 2005 and had previously held several positions at the company. Jeff Sandene is currently serving as interim president of Sanford Health Plan.

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