This past week the state of South Dakota and healthcare field lost a true friend and colleague, Larry Veitz, when he lost his life in a tragic ATV accident while hunting in the Black Hills area. Larry’s health care career spanned more than three decades, faithfully serving the past 15 years as president of the Spearfish and Belle Fourche markets for Regional Health.
Larry’s passion and vision focused on improving and advancing the health status of individuals and communities. He personally immersed himself in caring for others and striving to make a difference. His leadership involved service at a state, regional and national level where he was admired and respected for his thoughtful insights and perspectives. Larry served on numerous committees and boards throughout his career, including the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO).
“Larry served as a board member for SDAHO for more than a decade and his opinion was highly valued,” said Curt Hohman, SDAHO Chairperson. “He spoke the truth, chose his words carefully, and when he had the floor, the entire board would lean in to hear his wise counsel. He was so well thought of within South Dakota.”
This past September Larry was recognized as SDAHO’s Distinguished Health Care Professional. The following excerpt is from the nomination submitted by two individuals on Larry’s team and truly exemplifies Larry and the life he lived.
“Larry is very involved and well respected in the Spearfish community and is a strong advocate for Regional Health Spearfish Hospital, the Spearfish Market, and Regional Health. He continually challenges other health care professionals to support and provide the highest standard of care … always putting the patient first. Larry is a great leader and teacher. Many caregivers, physicians, patients and community members benefit and learn from Larry’s knowledge, quiet demeanor, sense of humor, and unwavering kindness and respect for others. Larry has touched many lives in so many ways over his career. Thank you, Larry, for your strong leadership skills, friendship and desire to make health care the profession of choice!”
During these most difficult times we come together in reflection… remembering and celebrating Larry’s amazing life. Rest in peace, Larry. You will be long remembered by everyone.
The full obituary can be found at https://bit.ly/larryveitz.