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Sanford Plans $60M Medical Center

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011

Sanford Health has made public the construction plans for its new $60 million Sanford Thief River Falls (MN) Medical Center and Clinic.

Ground breaking will be next spring, and construction should be completed by late 2014. The new hospital will centralize care, with clinic and hospital services on one campus, Sanford Health said in a media release.

Sanford has had a presence in Thief River Falls since 2007, operating the existing 25-bed, critical access Medical Center that was built in 1932. More than 540 Sanford Health employees work in the town, located in northwestern Minnesota, about 80 miles northeast of Fargo, ND.

The project will also include remodeling of an existing clinic that will house and expand behavioral health inpatient and outpatient services, dialysis services, and a wellness center.

If the existing hospital building in downtown Thief River Falls isn’t sold, it will be torn down and converted into a green space.

Sanford Health is headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and is the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. The integrated system has a presence in 111 communities in eight states, including 32 hospitals, 111 clinics and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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