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Essentia welcomes chief quality officer

Essentia Health St. Mary's welcomed Shawn Michelle Christianson to the role of chief quality officer/director of quality improvement.

Christianson is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She furthered her education at the University of St. Thomas where she achieved her master of business administration degree in healthcare administration. Christianson is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Most recently, Christianson worked with Sanford Health in Fargo as the director of Pain Services and Behavioral Health. She also served as patient care manager for the neuroscience department at MeritCare Hospital. Prior to her Sanford/MeritCare experience, she was the clinic manager for a multi-physician mental health clinic in the Twin Cities area and has served as a consultant for a managed care company.

"I am very excited to be a part of Essentia Health St. Mary's," Christianson said. "I look forward to being a contributing member of this organization. The people are wonderful and I love the lakes area."

Christianson lives in Fargo.