|Type||Non-Profit, Private Corporation|
|Founded||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1996|
|Number of locations||280|
|Area served||Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota|
|Key people||Kelby Krabbenhoft (Pres. & CEO)
David Link (SVP)
Becky Nelson (SVP & COO)
|Employees||25,000 (2010) |
Sanford Health is a non-profit, integrated health care delivery system, with its headquarters based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with additional offices in Fargo, North Dakota. It was formed on November 2, 2009 with the merger of Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls and MeritCare Health System, based in Fargo. It 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 60,000 square miles (160,000 km2) in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
In 1996, the Sioux Valley Health Care System was established with the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls as its centerpiece. On February 3, 2007, its name was changed to Sanford Health to commemorate a $400 million gift from businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Then on November 2, 2009 Sanford merged with MeritCare to form the current health system, Sanford Health, with nearly 1200 physicians in more than 70 specialties. Sanford Health bought Medcenter One Health Systems
Sanford Health is originally the southern region of the overall health system, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The southern region includes over 350 physicians at over 150 facilities across South Dakota and the surrounding states. Sanford Health's organizational structure consists of two compartments: the Health Services compartment, which includes all areas of patient care operations; and the Development and Research compartment, which includes all non-patient care activities. The system is presently composed of five divisions: Sanford USD Medical Center, the region's largest tertiary medical center and the system's flagship medical center; Sanford Clinic, a multi-specialty group of over 350 physicians; Sanford Health Plan, a non-traditional, non-gatekeeper HMO and the second largest health care payer in South Dakota; Sanford Health Foundation, the system's fundraising arm; and Sanford Health Network, which includes all regional hospitals, clinics, long-term care and congregate facilities, assisted-living facilities, home health providers, and home medical equipment entities in the states of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
MeritCare was the northern region of the overall health system before it was renamed to Sanford Health. It was the largest healthcare provider in the state of North Dakota. The former MeritCare's service area spans 250 miles west to east; from Jamestown, North Dakota, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and is known for regional excellence in a number of medical specialties offered at Roger Maris Cancer Center, Heart Center and Children’s Hospital. MeritCare’s Heart Center has been named a 100 Top Heart Hospital nine times, one of only five in the nation to receive this distinction.
Sanford Health offers two Fargo hospitals that include a total of 583 beds, 20 Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo locations and nearly 30 satellite clinics spanning eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Sanford Health has been designated as a "Level II" trauma center.
Official name change
The simplification of the name from Sanford Health-MeritCare to Sanford Health became official at a ceremony in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 20, 2010. As of November 2013, the company maintains corporate offices in both Fargo and Sioux Falls.
Centers of Excellence
Sanford Health’s Centers of Excellence were formed to provide comprehensive medical care focused on diagnostics, screenings, treatment, primary care, preventative care, education, and hospital care for their respective specialties. Each center has teams of specialists and medical providers who provide patient-centered care with an emphasis on providing full services in one location.
Sanford Women’s offers health screenings, diagnostics, OB/GYN, heart, cancer, lifestyle, osteoporosis care, robotic surgery, fertility, maternal-fetal medicine, as well as healthy lifestyle education, classes, and support services. Sanford Women’s offers care at more than 156 locations by more than 600 providers. Sanford Women’s Health Research Center in Sioux Falls supports Sanford Women’s with specific focus on diseases that affect women’s health.
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