Concordia leaders announced June 10, 2021, that it will rename its School of Health Professions the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions in honor of Sanford Health’s long-standing support of Concordia health professions education and its efforts to meet the critical health workforce needs of the region.

News Conference Recording

“Beginning this month and extending over the next 10 years, Sanford is continuing its historic and defining giving to support Concordia’s health professions education.”
President William Craft

Grad Receives Heimarck Award

As a healthcare finance intern, recent graduate Claire Holland ’21 applies the skills she learned from internships and classroom curriculum to help those in need of affordable healthcare.

“With a record demand for healthcare services, we are at a significant crossroad in our ability to meet workforce challenges. This is why Sanford has historically invested in Concordia College and will continue to do so in the future. Over the next 10 years, the continuation of our support will expand Concordia’s health career programs to meet the rising demand for healthcare workforce in our region and improve the health and quality of life for all of us and our loved ones.”

— Bryan Nermoe ’95, President and CEO of Sanford Fargo

About Dr. Heimarck

Dr. Theodore Heimarck, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, came to Concordia in 1961 when President Joseph L. Knutson recruited him to teach economics and business administration. As a visionary, Dr. Heimarck founded the healthcare administration program in 1966 and led the program for three decades, until his retirement in 1998.


The program has fostered countless graduates who have served in significant healthcare leadership roles and has shaped healthcare by improving the human condition, both in the Midwest region and around the globe. A steadfast champion of others, Dr. Heimarck’s legacy is celebrated for the generosity of his spirit and the depth and passion of his convictions.

Dr. Theodore Heimarck helped prepare hundreds of healthcare administration graduates who have been at the helm of countless institutions around the world. I am one of many who is grateful to Professor Heimarck both personally and professionally. It is only fitting that his name be part of Concordia’s School of Health Professions.”

— David Horazdovsky ’78

Past President and CEO, Good Samaritan Society

In addition to sharing their insight and expertise, Cobber alumni and friends support the college with financial gifts inspired by this lead donation from Sanford. Pledges, naming rights, and other opportunities to partner with the college will play a crucial role in fully funding the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions and the Heimarck Center.

To learn more about this project and opportunities to get involved, please contact a member of the Advancement team. We’d love to share a cup of coffee or have a virtual visit with you.