Dr. Harrison Hanson Named Chief Medical Officer of Orange City Area Health System

Orange City Area Health System CEO Marty Guthmiller announced that Harrison Hanson, MD, will assume the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) effective February 1, 2023. Dr. Hanson joined the health system in March of 2009 as a resident in the ER, and then started full-time in August 2010, serving patients in the medical clinic, birth center, hospital, and emergency room. He left his practice in 2016 to take a position in his hometown of Long Prairie, MN, and then rejoined Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) in 2018.

Dr. Hanson will fill the role of CMO vacated in December 2022 with the retirement of Dr. Alan Laird.

“Dr. Laird truly elevated the vital role of Chief Medical Officer in our organization,” commented Guthmiller. “We are fortunate that Dr. Hanson will not only assume the reins, but also bring his own unique skill set to the depth of our medical practice.”

As CMO, Hanson will provide leadership in all areas of medicine throughout the health system, offer guidance on hospital quality initiatives, ensure that medical staff adheres to and follows all healthcare regulations, seek ways to improve the organization’s clinical services, and provide oversight and chart review of advance-level providers.

“I will diligently seek to steward the great tradition and blessing of excellent healthcare we have in this community,” said Hanson. “I look forward to contributing in a new way while still practicing the full scope of medicine.”

In addition to serving as Chief Medical Officer, he will continue to be part of Orange City Area Health System’s team of family medicine providers, emergency medicine physicians, and offer prenatal, birth care, and Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology Creighton Model FertilityCare™ services.

Hanson added, “I’m excited to continue to use the training I have been blessed with for the betterment of our community.”

Dr. Hanson received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and did his residency at the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program in Mason City, Iowa. Dr. Hanson and his family live in Orange City.