Scott Hargens, Chief Executive Officer

Scott Hargens is the chief executive officer of Select Specialty Hospital – South Dakota. In this role since 2021, he hospital operations, patient experience and referral relationships.

Previously, Scott spent nearly 20 years in increasingly responsible roles at Avera McKennan Hospital, most recently as hospital administrator for Avera Dell Rapids/Avera Flandreau. Scott oversaw construction of a new physical therapy department, infusion center, large conference/community room, helipad and HVAC system for Avera Dells Area Hospital. He also completed the accreditation process for the trauma (Level V) and sleep study programs at Avera Flandreau Hospital and Avera Dells Area Hospital.

Scott was promoted to the post after successfully completing Avera’s administrative fellowship program, a one-year experiential learning opportunity for recently graduated Master of Business Administration students.

While working full-time as Avera Health’s communications manager, he completed an MBA at the University of South Dakota, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.


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