(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Health will break ground on an integrated breast health building at its Sioux Falls campus this fall. The Edith Sanford Breast Center will combine research and clinical care for women across the region.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2017.
The three-story, 48,000-square-foot facility will be located on 18th street and connected to the current Sanford Cancer Center and VanDemark Building. Portions of the Sanford Cancer Center and VanDemark Building will also be renovated, though services in those areas will be uninterrupted during that time.
“As our patient and family requests and needs continue to grow, it is important we explore methods to take advantage of innovations and advances in cancer care,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “The Edith Sanford Breast Center will blend science, genetics, research and clinical expertise in one building.”
Because of its location on 18th street and additional entrances on 17th street, patients and families will enjoy quick, easy access for visits. In addition to serving the patient, the facility was designed with needed support space for family and caregivers.
Programming within the Edith Sanford Breast Center will include mammography, a breast cancer risk assessment program, a high-risk breast clinic, a breast surgery clinic, genetic counseling, a boutique offering medical and retail support for cancer patients, a multi-disciplinary conference center and clinic and a survivorship clinic.
The Sanford BioBank, which serves as a library for researchers to make discoveries in breast cancer and other diseases, will also be housed in the new building. The BioBank will have space for clinical and laboratory research staff, offering patients a location to enroll and providing support for clinical trials and genomic analysis taking place at Sanford USD Medical Center.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China.
Sanford Health includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly a billion dollars in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.