REGIONAL—Dr. Kevin Post is driven by the desire to see others succeed.

The rural Rock Valley man officially will become Avera Medical Group’s full-time chief medical officer on Jan. 1 and will work alongside chief administrative officer David Flicek to lead Avera Health’s integrated physicians’ network.

Post, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, will replace Dr. Tad Jacobs of Flandreau, SD, who will retire at the end of 2019 after about eight years of having served in the chief medical officer position.

“I feel humbled and a deep sense of responsibility in being named the next CMO of Avera,” Post said. “I strongly believe in Avera’s mission and values, and am committed to continue the legacy that Tad has created as our current CMO.

“I am excited for the opportunity to represent my fellow physicians and providers as I believe the voice of the physician needs to be heard to continue to provide quality care for the benefit of our patients in this changing health-care environment,” he said.

The 42-year-old was offered the chief medical officer position on Aug. 19 by Avera president and CEO Bob Sutton.

Once he takes over the position, Post sees his main responsibility as being to represent his fellow medical providers within Avera’s regional health-care system in regard to future strategic planning and policies.

“Additional roles include continuing Avera’s commitment to physician leadership development, service line initiatives, and helping providers navigate through the challenges of practicing health care,” Post said.

“All of these roles should be performed with a constant eye to Avera’s core mission and values with a focus on quality of care,” he said.

He is looking forward to working hard to continue the strong relationships with medical providers and facilities that Jacobs has developed over the years.

“It is essential to listen to the input and concerns of Avera’s providers, and continue to earn the trust in Avera’s leadership by providing timely follow-up, and show respect and responsiveness to the needs of providers and the communities within the Avera network,” Post said.

He will be based at the Avera Central Office in Sioux Falls, SD, in his new position.

However, the job will require him to travel across Avera’s region of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“Much of my time will be spent traveling to communities within the Avera footprint to spend time maintaining existing and developing new relationships,” Post said.

When he takes over the chief medical officer position, Post will leave several other jobs, including working as a full-time emergency medicine physician at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

During his medical career, he has volunteered his leadership skills as the medical director for the Rock Valley Ambulance Association and on the Rock Valley-based Hegg Health Center Board of Directors.

“This CMO position offers me a unique opportunity to serve others in areas such as professional development and leadership, physician burnout treatment and prevention, and giving providers the tools they need to be successful in their personal and professional lives,” Post said. “If we can achieve that, quality care for our patients will no doubt follow.”

He will start working closely with Jacobs in October to learn as much as possible from him about the chief medical officer position and to ensure as smooth as a transition as possible for Avera providers, administration and facilities.

“Tad offers so much wisdom and experience in effective communication, maintaining relationships and general knowledge of Avera Medical Group,” Post said.

The Rock Valley native again said he is “humbled and excited” to have been chosen as Avera Medical Group’s next chief medical officer.

“Change is inevitable, and this holds true in the world of health care,” Post said. “As patient-care mod­els and population health changes occur, we as Avera will need to be nimble and adaptable to accommodate these changes.

“As Tad has said, learn to not only accept change but embrace it; work with it,” he said. “As these changes occur, it will be my responsibility that the voice of the physician is heard, helping drive change toward continuing quality care for the benefit of Avera’s patients.”