Moorhead, Minn. (August 1, 2016) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named Dr. Roger Gilbertson the recipient of the 2016 Legacy Leader Award.
This prestigious award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region.
Dr. Roger Gilbertson’s interest in medicine sparked as a boy growing up in Minnesota. In 1959, he graduated from Concordia College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, serving his residency in radiology at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VA Hospital.
In 1971, he joined Radiologist Ltd., which was then affiliated with The Neuropsychiatric Institute (TNI) and St. Luke’s Hospital. During his time, TNI acquired the organization’s first CAT scan and became a key player in establishing neuroradiology as a medical subspecialty in western Minnesota and North Dakota.
In 1987, Radiologist Ltd. merged with Fargo Clinic. Gilbertson served on the Fargo Clinic Board of Directors from 1988 to 1992. He also became a clinical faculty member of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
In 1993, St. Luke’s Hospitals and the Fargo Clinic merged to form the MeritCare Health System, and Gilbertson served as a top executive and crucial leader during the transition. He then became president and CEO of MeritCare Health System, a position he would retain for 17 years.
Gilbertson’s leadership allowed MeritCare to succeed and grow, and he steered the merger of MeritCare and Sanford Health to its successful completion.
Sanford and the UND Foundation honored Gilbertson and his work in 2010 by establishing a $1.5 million Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair of Neurology at the UND medical school.
In 1997, Gilbertson’s athletic contributions were honored when he was inducted into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2005, Concordia also honored him with the Alumni Achievement Award.
Gilbertson also served the community through his involvement in numerous organizations such as the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Downtown Community Partnership, and more.
“The Legacy Leader award is The Chamber’s highest award throughout the year, and perhaps the highest in the community,” Craig Whitney, president and CEO of the Chamber said. “We’re thrilled to honor Dr. Gilbertson this year for his contributions to the advancement of medicine in the region.”
Gilbertson will be honored at The Chamber’s Sixth Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo. Sponsored by Midco, the Annual Meeting will also serve as a reflection and celebration of The Chamber’s accomplishments of the past fiscal year, offer a look at priorities for the next year and will honor our outstanding volunteers
About The Chamber
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.