Celebrate Brighter



See for yourself 205,000 square feet of innovation. Experience a healing environment that’s redefining how patients heal and recover. Explore the connections we’re making between heart care and other health needs. Engage in interactive storytelling about Sanford Heart Hospital and the skilled professionals who make it happen.

Sanford Heart Hospital Tour
See. Experience. Explore.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m.

Take the tour and see for yourself …

  • Innovative surgical suites and catheterization labs
  • Siemens Artis Zeego Imaging system with a robotic arm
  • Hybrid operating rooms where physicians use minimally invasive techniques to replace a patient’s heart valve safely and easily
  • Cardiovascular operating room (CV OR) equipped with technology that brings multiple treatment capabilities into one room
  • Boom-mounted equipment keeps the floor clear of clutter
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) includes private consultation rooms
  • Clinical Surgical Suite Guest Area
  • Oversized patient rooms also afford the utmost in privacy
  • Acuity-adaptable care private patient rooms designed to promote a quiet environment, easy monitoring for nursing staff and a home-like atmosphere for patient and families

Opening in March 2012, Sanford Heart Hospital introduces highly advanced, integrated, and personalized heart care to the region. Attached directly to Sanford USD Medical Center, the Heart Hospital houses more than 750 doctors, nurses and support specialists who will have direct access to their Sanford Health colleagues across many areas of care.

“Staff, nurses and a team of dedicated physicians began this program in the 1970s,” says Charles P. O’Brien MD, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “The opening of Sanford Heart Hospital is a celebration of their pioneering … and a natural progression in continuing to provide our patients with quality care.”

Building walls to unite services

Sanford Heart Hospital is equipped from the ground up with the latest life-saving technologies. Focus groups guided by AECom researchers helped builders work to enhance patient experiences within the hospital. Researchers received feedback from physicians, nurses, researchers, staff and current and former Sanford Heart patients to guide architects and builders.

Using this collective input from all spectrums of the heart care experience, architects began building the facility from the ground up. Hear our skilled professionals speak in their own words about what it was like to be a part of building this state-of-the-art facility.

Centralized environment for collaborative care

Historically, patients with heart conditions were forced to travel hundreds of miles away from home to receive treatment. Patients will be able to receive treatment for even the most advanced heart disease at Sanford Heart so patients and their families don’t have to travel hundreds of miles away from home to receive treatment.

“The Sanford Heart Hospital consolidates all services for cardiac patients into one building to provide easy access,” said Sanford Heart Cardiologist Tom Stys MD. “We prefer to serve our patients in or near their hometown, but if they have to come to Sioux Falls, we want to make it as convenient as possible. We do that by offering state-of-the-art technologies but also many comforts of home.”

Recovering faster in the Healing Environment

Sanford embraces the philosophy that the greatest capacity for healing occurs when stress and anxiety has been lessened. As part of the overall motif of the new facility, the Healing Environment spans the entire hospital and includes special recessed lighting, holistic music, a professional massage area, aromatherapy and more than 130 pieces of original artwork. Sanford Heart Hospital’s Center for Health & Well-Being also offers wellness education classes, wellness and prevention coaching, and retail products.

Sanford Heart’s skilled professionals

While the actual building is new, Sanford Heart has a decades-long history of pioneering heart care throughout the region.

Through the decades, Sanford Heart Hospital’s skilled professionals have been driven to treat the episodic patient, but they also consider themselves patients’ health and wellness partners. This focus on treatment and supportive recovery and prevention makes a big difference in patients’ perceptions of living with heart conditions.

Posted Date: February 2012

Celebrate Brighter

Sanford Heart Hospital Tour.
See. Experience. Explore.
Saturday, February 25, 1-4 p.m.

Experience the ways we’re brightening the future of heart care in Sioux Falls and across the region.