Skip to main content


Jen Poppen Named CEO at Avera Creighton

May 01, 2014 09:56PM ● By MED Magazine

Jen Poppen has been named the CEO at Avera Creighton Hospital effective July 1, 2014. Poppen is a native of Madison, S.D. and a graduate of The University of South Dakota. She received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Poppen has been serving as the interim CEO at Avera Creighton since early February. Prior to that, she had been serving as an administrative fellow at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital since July 2013. She has also served administrative internships with Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Minn. and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“I am looking forward to continuing the relationships I’ve already built in Creighton over the past few months and building new ones throughout the community and region,” Poppen said. “We have wonderful staff and physicians, great facilities and a great community and region.”

“We had the fortune of seeing Jen in action over the past few months and the decision to make her the permanent CEO was relatively simple,” said Creighton Advisory Board Chair and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Board member Russ Diedrichsen. “We look forward to her becoming a part of our community.”

“Jen has worked with many key leaders throughout the Avera Health system and had done extensive work at Avera Sacred Heart before assuming interim CEO duties in Creighton,” said Doug Ekeren, Vice President Professional and Regional Services at ASHH. “She has shown strength in utilizing the resources of the system, the knowledge to navigate a rapidly changing health care world and a strong working relationship with the Avera Creighton Hospital, Avera Creighton Care Centre and Avera Medical Group employees.”