Nathan Schema

Nathan Schema has been elected the new president and CEO of the South  Dakota-based Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of senior care and services.  

Schema began his long-term care career 15 years ago as an administrator-in-training in Mountain Lake, MN. Since 2010, he has risen from a nursing home administrator with Good Sam to become the associate director of operations; regional vice president of operations; and, most recently, vice president of operations.

He will fully assume the organization’s top role Jan. 1, 2022, following the retirement of current president and CEO Randy Bury effective Dec. 31.

“Nate’s deep experience in post-acute operations leadership positions him well to lead the organization during a pivotal time in the industry,” Matt Hocks, chief operating officer of Sanford Health, said in a press release issued Nov. 3. “He is a champion of the opportunities we have to transform the aging experience through our integrated health care system.” 

Schema takes the helm as Good Sam marks 100 years in business. The organization today operates in 22 states and is part of the Sanford Health system.

“I am … deeply committed to advocating for our seniors and supporting our health care heroes who care for them,” said Schema. “Being part of Sanford Health gives us tremendous opportunities to explore how we can shape the future of care for our nation’s seniors.” 

Schema holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College and a healthcare MBA from Bellevue University.