Essentia Health announces new administrator for Superior hospital

A longtime member of the Essentia Health team has been named administrator at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior.

Kim Pearson replaces Terry Jacobson, who will retire in early March. Pearson has been employed by Essentia since 1986, holding various leadership positions, most recently director of nursing in Superior. Pearson received her nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica and her master’s degree from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Kim has served the Essentia family her entire career and has built deep and meaningful relationships along the way,” said Tamm Kritzer, senior vice president for operations at Essentia. “We expect this to be a seamless transition given Kim’s credibility among her staff and the community. She has a deep understanding of our mission and values, and will bring this to her new leadership role.”

Pearson has been especially active in the community, serving on the Northwestern Maple School Board, March of Dimes-Northland Chapter, Northland Newborn Foundation and Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing.

Jacobson has been with Essentia for 32 years over two separate stints, starting out in finance and ending as administrator in his hometown.

“He is the ultimate bridge-builder,” Kritzer said. “He is committed to supporting his staff and seeks to constantly enhance staff engagement. Terry leads by example and with authenticity, and has been foundational to the growth of services in Superior.”