Five world clinics in ten years. That was the original goal of one of the initiatives outlined after a $400 million donation from Denny Sanford to Sanford Health in 2007. The intent of the Sanford Children’s Clinics initiative is to place them in underserved communities throughout the world in order to expand access to pediatric care for children who might otherwise go without.
Just three years since the gift, five new Sanford Children’s Clinics are either open or in process with several more potential sites identified.
The first location in Duncan, Oklahoma opened August 2009 and brought the community its only pediatrician, Deena Wise, DO. The 8,000-square-foot clinic resembles a castle and was designed with regard to the environment. The clinic was built using Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards and uses green features, including water-efficient landscaping, recycled content, regional materials, high-efficiency fixtures and low-emitting materials.
“The community of Duncan was in need of pediatric care close to home,” said Dr. Wise. “Many families needed to drive up to an hour to find a pediatrician. Now, we are able to provide pediatric services right here in Duncan.”
Europe is known for castles, but none like a new Castle of Care™ coming to Dublin, Ireland. Announced just this month, the clinic is a cooperative effort between Sanford Children’s, Hermitage Medical Clinic and Vhi Healthcare, a private insurance company in Ireland.
Belize City, Belize
Construction of the first international clinic is underway after a groundbreaking in May in Belize City, Belize. This clinic will open by the summer of 2011 and be designed in a castle theme similar to other Sanford Children’s facilities. Belize is a country with about 320,000 people with 160,000 of them children.
A variety of individuals and organizations are supporting the clinic. This includes the Belize Healthcare Charitable Trust that donated $2 million Belize dollars ($1 million U.S.) to support the clinic. Belize Healthcare Partners Limited, a full-service hospital located in Belize City, is also donating land near its facility for the new clinic.
The clinic building will be approximately 9,000 square feet and be shared with Belize Healthcare Partners Limited. The hospital will use its portion of the building for outpatient services for adults.
Children in Oceanside, CA will also have their own Castle of Care™. In partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the Sanford Children’s clinic is made possible by a $2.5 million donation from Pamela and Martin Wygod and the Rose Foundation. A portion of their donation will purchase a 28,500-square-foot building. Sanford Children’s and Rady Children’s will share space in the building. Sanford Children’s will open a general pediatric clinic, and Rady Children’s will consolidate four nearby specialty clinics into the facility. The entire facility is expected to open spring 2011.
Link added, “There are more than 110,000 children within a ten mile radius of this clinic, and this facility will provide them a convenient and comprehensive location for their care.”
Klamath Falls, Oregon
A newly announced clinic for Klamath Falls, OR will bring together current physicians in the community into one convenient location.
“We already have agreements with three pediatricians to work in this clinic when it opens in 2012,” said Link. “As this community continues to grow, we will expand and add physicians as needed.”
The community of 21,000 includes more than 5,000 children. In addition to the original Sanford gift, the pediatric clinic is supported by a $2.5 million donation from several community partners, including the JELD-Wen Foundation.
“Our goal with these clinics and future locations is to fill a void, to bring pediatric care to a place where it is needed, and it’s Mr. Sanford’s gift that launched this initiative,” stated Link.