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Sanford Health partners to form modern medical facility in Ghana

Sanford Health is collaborating to establish a modern medical facility in Ghana.

AKYAWKROM, GHANA, and SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford International Clinics is collaborating to establish a modern medical facility in the community of Akyawkrom.  The George and Angelina Owusu Medical Center is expected to open in August 2015.  

The facility will open as a 10,000-square-foot facility.  Sanford will be responsible for staffing and operations. 

The integrated health system’s relationship in Ghana has been successful, in part, due to its expertise in rural health care.  Sanford is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the United States.  Ghana’s economy is dependent on agriculture with 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product coming from the industry.  Sanford’s domestic footprint sprawls more than 200,000 square miles, more than double the size of Ghana. 

“Much of the population in rural Ghana does not have access to basic health care,” said Kojo Taylor, president of Sanford International Clinic-Ghana.  “The addition of these clinics will greatly change the scope of health care across the nation.  Thousands of families will no longer be forced to travel hours for basic services.” 

Sanford International Clinics was established following an unprecedented gift of $400 million to Sanford Health from South Dakota businessman and philanthropist Denny Sanford.  Sanford Health promised his gift would fund several initiatives, including establishing a network of Sanford clinics around the world in communities in need of expanded access. 

In addition to the current clinics in Ghana, Sanford International Clinics will open a location in Kunming, China, later this year.  Those are supported by domestic sites in Oklahoma, California and Oregon. Sanford also is pursuing projects at several other locations worldwide.

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 Dakota and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly a $1 billion 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, visit

Shawn Neisteadt
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region 
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