Care Without Limits
A new cancer facility in Bemidji will be called the Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center in honor of the late grocery store owner. Joe Lueken made international news when he passed up an opportunity to sell Lueken’s Village Foods to a national chain. Instead, he gave the business to his 400 employees through an employee stock ownership program. He impacted his community in many other ways, which included support for special projects and programs through the Sanford Health Foundation, Bemidji State University Foundation and many other local nonprofits. Giving back was a part of his nature. In 2014, Joe passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer. Joe’s family continues his legacy of giving. Recently, The Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation provided a generous gift to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota as part of the Care Without Limits campaign. The project will enable Sanford Bemidji to expand its cancer services and move them into one location.Projected to break ground in 2017 and open in 2018, the Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center will be added to the southeast corner of the Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic. The $12 million, 20,500 square-foot facility will include 20 infusion suites, 15 exam rooms, on-site pharmacy and lab services, boutique and other patient-centered amenities.