Published on March 22, 2022

Essentia Health welcomes new senior vice president of operations  

John SperrazzaEssentia Health is proud to announce John Sperrazza as the new senior vice president of operations for the Brainerd Lakes region of our East Market. Sperrazza will work alongside Mike Larson, our current senior vice president of operations, who intends to retire in 2023.  

Sperrazza has a long history of working in hospital leadership. His role will be to lead performance-improvement initiatives that foster growth and make a healthy difference in people’s lives.  

“I am blessed with a great team and look forward to Mike Larson mentoring me during this transition,” said Sperrazza. “I eagerly anticipate striving towards excellence in colleague engagement, quality and patient safety.”  

Sperrazza has a degree in nuclear medicine technology from the State University of New York and an MBA from Medaille College, also in New York. He has spent the last 15 years in various health care senior leadership roles, including the chief operating officer of two hospitals in New York.  

“Essentia is an organization that focuses on every aspect of the patients’ well-being — physically, mentally and spiritually,” said Sperrazza. “I look forward to carrying on these values through my work.”  

Sperrazza previously served as the senior vice president of operations for Essentia’s West Market, representing areas in North Dakota and western Minnesota.