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[2]
Key people
Number of employees
28,000+ (2018)[1]
Footnotes / references
Key People[7]

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 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.[8][9] On November 2, 2009, MeritCare was taken over by Sanford.[10][11][12] Additional mergers with North Country Regional Health in Bemidji, Minnesota,[13] and Medcenter One Health Systems followed in 2011 and 2012.[14]

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.[14]

Centers of Excellence[edit]

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.[15]




Orthopedics/Sports Medicine[edit]

Women's Health[edit]

World Clinics[edit]

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.[16]

As of 2017, Sanford operated clinics in China, Ghana, Germany, and Canada.[17]

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.[18]


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 Facilities[edit]

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.[19] The Sanford Pentagon is also in Sioux Falls, and that houses nine basketball courts.[20] 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 Centers[edit]

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. [21]


  1. ^ a b "Sanford Health "About Us"". Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sanford Health "About Us"". Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
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  7. ^ "Sanford Health-MeritCare Leaders". Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Gift". Retrieved 3 February 2007. 
  9. ^ Lindsay Hamilton; ABC News. "Man Gives Away $400 Million to Hospitals". Retrieved 7 March 2007. 
  10. ^ "Sanford and MeritCare Create A New Health System". Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Patrick Springer; The Fargo Forum. "Sanford Health and MeritCare Complete Merger". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sanford and MeritCare Create a New Health System". Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Two Health Systems Unite in Bemidji". Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Medcenter One, Sanford Health Complete Merger, Sioux Falls Business Magazine, 5 July 2012
  15. ^ Rodengen, Jeffrey L. (2013), Improving the Human Condition: The Story of Sanford Health, Ft. Lauderdale: Write Stuff, p. 83 
  16. ^ Sanford Health News, August 17, 2009. "Sanford Children's Clinic Duncan now open". Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  17. ^ "Sanford World Clinic - Providing Health and Healing Around The World". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  18. ^ Paul Heinert; Sanford Health News, January 23, 2018. "Sanford Health increases global presence in 7 countries". Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
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  21. ^ "Find Your Local Trauma Center - American Trauma Society". Retrieved 2017-09-10. 

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