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|Non-Profit, Private Corporation|
|Founded||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1894|
Number of locations
|Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, California, Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and Germany |
Number of employees
|28,000+ (2018) |
|Footnotes / references|
Key People 
Sanford Health is a non-profit, integrated health care delivery system, with its headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with additional offices in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minnesota.
- 1 History
- 2 Centers of Excellence
- 3 World Clinics
- 4 Facilities
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Sanford Health has its roots in the Dakotas at the beginning of the 20th century with Sioux Falls Hospital opening in Sioux Falls in 1894, and St. Luke's Hospital opening in Fargo in 1908. Over the next 80 years, both hospitals grew in size and influence, becoming integrated hospital-clinic systems known as Sioux Valley Health System and MeritCare Health System. The Sioux Valley Health System was renamed Sanford Health in 2007 after Denny Sanford's $400 million gift to the organization.   On November 2, 2009, MeritCare was taken over by Sanford.    Additional mergers with North Country Regional Health in Bemidji, Minnesota,  and Medcenter One Health Systems followed in 2011 and 2012. 
Medcenter One Health Systems was a non-profit American health care provider headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Medcenter One offered nine clinics, three long-term care facilities, and multiple hospital affiliations. Medcenter One was designated as a Level II trauma center. It was bought and merged into Sanford Health in 2012. 
In Nov. 2017, talks were begun to form an affiliation agreement between Sanford and the Good Samaritan Society. After discussions and the formation of synergy teams that strategized how the two organizations could combine, final votes were taken by both parties to the agreement. On Apr. 26, 2018, the Society Board of Directors voted that the Society Membership consider approving the affiliation agreement. On June 21, 2018, the Sanford Board of Trustees voted to approve the affiliation agreement. On June 26, 2018, the Society Membership voted to approve the affiliation agreement. A press conference was held later that day during which Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft and Society President and CEO David Horazdovsky signed the affiliation agreement. It was announced that the affiliation would then go into regulatory review with an expected approval date of Jan. 1, 2019. If approved, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society would change its name to The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society of Sanford Health. Sanford Health would retain its name. As it happened, the affiliation agreement met the requirements of regulatory review earlier than expected, with an announcement on Aug. 17, 2018. The merger completed January 1, 2019. 
Sanford Health strives to maintain five centers of excellence: cancer, children's, heart, orthopedics/sports medicine, and women's health. These five centers of excellence were envisioned by Kelby Krabbenhoft and Becky Nelson in 1999 to drive the health system's pursuit of excellence in patient care. 
Sanford Cancer attempts to implement the latest technology and innovative research and has a team of experts to deliver levels of care from the first treatment to survivorship and beyond. Three cancer centers are located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; and Bemidji, Minnesota and have developed into referral hubs for cancer treatment throughout the region. The centers participate in clinical trials and research in collaboration with leading cancer institutions, so they can bring emerging technologies and treatment options to Sanford Health's patients.
Sanford Children's team of experts and specialists deliver foundational care that's tailored to children and stays focused on the family. Sanford Children's has over 300 experts providing care in over 35 specialties, and Sanford Health's commitment to local programs and services help inform, educate, and connect kids, families, advocates, researchers, and health care professionals. The children's hospitals and clinics not only offer state-of-the-art technology but an atmosphere designed just for kids. These imaginative themes, along with child life specialists, help put kids at ease by reducing stress and anxiety. The Child Life team implements distraction therapy, medical play, and other coping mechanisms to help children understand what is happening.
Sanford Children's Castle of Care Hospital in Sioux Falls is a vibrant, colorful world where sick and injured children find inspiration, imagination, and play to be as important to healing as Sanford's technology, research, and medicine. Sanford Children's team of pediatric specialists focus on providing clinical services, advocacy, research, and education to advance and ensure every child is provided the latest in care and services.
Sanford Heart's cardiologists and specialists provide advanced cardiac care, surgery, prevention, emergency, and rehabilitation and the latest technology.
Sanford Heart hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers highly advanced integrated and personalized care to the region. Services offered include heart screenings to address the risk factors for heart disease before problems develop and cardiac genetic counseling to better personalize screenings and prevent problems before they happen.
Sanford Fargo Heart and Vascular Clinic offers innovative heart and vascular care in Fargo, North Dakota. Cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, internal medicine experts, and other specialists for customized treatment are brought together to meet patients’ needs and lifestyles. Heart and vascular experts provide advanced coordinated care and are there from preventative heart health services and heart screenings to the newest interventions and procedures to individualized follow-up care.
Expert Heart and Vascular Care in Bismarck, North Dakota, provides comprehensive heart health services, including thoracic and vascular surgery. Many of its heart health services were the first in the region. Services include the cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation program, cardiovascular surgery department, pacemaker clinic, and heart failure clinic.
Sanford Health partners with organizations that share their goal of improving heart health. Together, Sanford Health educates, raises research funding, and promotes heart-healthy, active lifestyles. Community partners include the American Heart Association and Take Heart South Dakota.
Robotic surgery has become a new advance in heart health at Sanford. With robotic technology, surgeons are able to operate with greater precision and control than ever before. Even the most complex and delicate heart procedures can be performed with a minimally invasive approach. Robotic surgery delivers exceptional results, including greater comfort, less scarring, shorter recovery time and a faster-than-ever return to daily life.
Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has various services and specialties to treat sprains, strains, tears, breaks, joint pain and concussions. Their physicians offer years of experience in diagnosis, surgery and nonsurgical treatments.
Their Sports Medicine team is the official sports medicine provider to many high school, university (including NCAA Division I and Division II teams) and professional teams. Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for North Dakota State University (NDSU), South Dakota State University (SDSU), the University of South Dakota (USD), and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. They have partnered with USD and Sioux Falls Skyforce for over 15 and 17 years, respectively.
Sanford Women's supports and cares for patients in all aspects from well-woman visits and reproductive medicine to birth control counseling and education on menopause. Patients receive expert care and the chance to form a meaningful and lifelong bond with their care team. Sanford Women's offers OB/GYN services, including prenatal care, well-woman annual pelvic exams, pap tests, birth control, bladder and pelvic prolapse treatment, menopausal care, and minimally invasive surgical procedures for women of all ages. Sanford Health's specialist focus on helping each woman achieve her best health and address issues related to pregnancy, birth, family planning and gynecological concerns. Care is tailored to meet the specific needs of patients and to provide support, advice and the medical expertise needed for a healthy life.
Sanford Women's Edith Sanford Breast Center is focused on the future of breast cancer care and research. A national nonprofit organization established through a generous $100 million gift from Denny Sanford in 2012, Edith Sanford Breast Center, named for his mother, has over 49 locations and 150 providers in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota and is an integrated part of the Sanford Health organization. The team at Edith Sanford Breast Center includes physicians, researchers, nurses and more all working together to accelerate lifesaving discoveries and raise the standard of breast cancer care. Through the use of personalized medicine, Sanford Health is seeking to cover all areas of breast cancer: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Their mission is to unlock each woman's genetic code to advance treatment and end breast cancer in future generations.
The Sanford World Clinic initiative, which focuses primarily on international pediatric healthcare, began in 2007. Sanford Children's Clinic Duncan in Oklahoma became the first World Clinic that year. 
As of 2017, Sanford operated clinics in China, Ghana, Germany, and Canada. 
In January 2018, it was announced that Sanford would establish World Clinics in Costa Rica, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Vietnam and expand its presence in China and Ghana. 
Sanford Health is composed of hospitals, clinics, long-term care, managed care, licensed practitioners, a health plan, a foundation, a clinical research center and seven basic research centers. Its geographical reach covers over 200,000 square miles (520,000 km2) in California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Sanford promotes good health by creating facilities for the public that encourage exercise and healthy living. The Sanford Fieldhouse, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, houses 85,000 square feet of indoor sport fields. There are also batting cages, indoor tracks, and other workout equipment.  The Sanford Pentagon is also in Sioux Falls, and that houses nine basketball courts.  Both of these buildings were designed with sustainability and building efficiency in mind. Sanford Health worked with JLG Architects on both of these buildings.
Sanford Health has many emergency trauma centers located across the Midwest. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Sanford USD Medical Center is a board-certified Level II Trauma Center, along with a Level II Pediatric Trauma center. Sanford also has Level II centers in North Dakota, and Aberdeen, South Dakota. .
In April 2018 Sanford Health's Fargo, ND Medical center was designated as a Level I Adult Trauma Center , the only Level I facility between Minneapolis, Seattle, Omaha, and Denver, and the only one in the Dakotas.
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