Sanford Health

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Sanford Health
Non-Profit, Private Corporation
Industry Health care
Founded Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1996 (1996)
Number of locations
Area served
Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, California, Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and Germany[1]
Key people
Number of employees
27,000 (2010)[8]
Footnotes / references
Key People[9]

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.


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.[10][11] On November 2, 2009, MeritCare was taken over by Sanford.[8][12][13] Additional mergers with North Country Regional Health in Bemidji, Minnesota,[14] and Medcenter One Health Systems followed in 2011 and 2012.[15]

Medcenter One Health Systems[edit]

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.[15]


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 is 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.[16] The Sanford Pentagon is also in Sioux Falls and that houses nine basketball courts.[17] Both of these buildings were designed with sustainability and building efficiency in mind. Sanford Health worked with JLG Architects on both of these buildings.

The Sanford World Clinic initiative, which focuses primarily on international pediatric healthcare, began in 2007. As of 2017, Sanford operates clinics in China, Ghana, Germany and Canada[18].


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Coordinates: 43°32′06″N 96°44′36″W / 43.535000°N 96.743400°W / 43.535000; -96.743400