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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.

Sanford Health
Non-Profit, Private Corporation
IndustryHealth care
FoundedSioux Falls, South Dakota, 1894 (1894)
Number of locations
Area served
Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, California, Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and Germany[2]
Key people
Number of employees
28,000+ (2018)[1] Edit this on Wikidata
Footnotes / references
Key People[4]


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.[5][6] On November 2, 2009, MeritCare was taken over by Sanford.[7][8][9] Additional mergers with North Country Regional Health in Bemidji, Minnesota,[10] and Medcenter One Health Systems followed in 2011 and 2012.[11]

Medcenter One Health SystemsEdit

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.[11]

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan SocietyEdit

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.[12]

Centers of ExcellenceEdit

Sanford Health has five "centers of excellence": cancer, children's, heart, orthopedics/sports medicine, and women's health. [13]


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.[citation needed]



Sanford Heart's cardiologists and specialists provide cardiac care, surgery, prevention, emergency, and rehabilitation.

Sanford Heart hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers 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 heart and vascular care in Fargo, North Dakota.

Expert Heart and Vascular Care in Bismarck, North Dakota, provides 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.

Orthopedics/Sports MedicineEdit

Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has various services and specialties to treat sprains, strains, tears, breaks, joint pain and concussions.

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.[citation needed]

Women's HealthEdit

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 $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.[citation needed]

World ClinicsEdit

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.[14]

As of 2017, Sanford operated clinics in China, Ghana, Germany, and Canada.[15]

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.[16]


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.

Sports facilitiesEdit

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.[17] The Sanford Pentagon is also in Sioux Falls, and that houses nine basketball courts.[18] Both of these buildings were designed with sustainability and building efficiency in mind. Sanford Health worked with JLG Architects on both of these buildings.

Trauma centersEdit

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.[19].

In April 2018 Sanford Health's Fargo, ND Medical center was designated as a Level I Adult Trauma Center [20], the only Level I facility between Minneapolis, Seattle, Omaha, and Denver, and the only one in the Dakotas.


Sanford is a major sponsor of the Summit League, an NCAA Division I athletic conference whose membership now includes all of the four largest universities in the Dakotas plus one in Nebraska. The conference moved its headquarters in 2018 to a Sanford-owned office complex in Sioux Falls at the company's invitation. Also in that year, regional media reported that Sanford-tied boosters of Augustana University, also located in Sioux Falls, were making a serious attempt to move the school's athletic program from NCAA Division II to the Summit League.[21][22]

The company is also a name sponsor of several significant sports venues in the region:


  1. ^ a b "Sanford Health "About Us"". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Sanford Health "About Us"". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Sanford Health-MeritCare Leaders". Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  5. ^ "The Gift". Retrieved 3 February 2007.
  6. ^ Lindsay Hamilton; ABC News. "Man Gives Away $400 Million to Hospitals". Retrieved 7 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Sanford and MeritCare Create A New Health System". Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  8. ^ Patrick Springer; The Fargo Forum. "Sanford Health and MeritCare Complete Merger". Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Sanford and MeritCare Create a New Health System". Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Two Health Systems Unite in Bemidji". Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  11. ^ a b Medcenter One, Sanford Health Complete Merger, Sioux Falls Business Magazine, 5 July 2012
  12. ^ "Sanford, Good Sam finalize merger. Sanford now worth $7.5 billion, employs 50,000". Argus Leader. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  13. ^ Rodengen, Jeffrey L. (2013), Improving the Human Condition: The Story of Sanford Health, Ft. Lauderdale: Write Stuff, p. 83
  14. ^ Sanford Health News, August 17, 2009. "Sanford Children's Clinic Duncan now open". Retrieved 21 May 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "Sanford World Clinic - Providing Health and Healing Around The World". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  16. ^ Paul Heinert; Sanford Health News, January 23, 2018. "Sanford Health increases global presence in 7 countries". Retrieved 21 May 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ "JLG Architects". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Find Your Local Trauma Center - American Trauma Society". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  20. ^ "Sanford Health Fargo verified a Level I Adult Trauma Center". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  21. ^ Gaskins, John (May 23, 2018). "Summit League Chief: Sanford-tied Augustana boosters lobbying for move to Div. I". Sioux Falls, SD: KELO-TV. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  22. ^ Kolpack, Jeff (July 28, 2018). "Kolpack: All vital signs pointing to Augustana joining Summit League". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

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