Sanford Medical Center Aberdeen Construction Begins

The three-story hospital is expected to open summer 2012 and will employ more than 200 people.

Construction is underway for a new hospital in Aberdeen after a groundbreaking event in May. The 48-bed, 113,000-square-foot hospital will attach to the current Sanford Clinic Aberdeen building. The three-story hospital is expected to open summer 2012 and will employ more than 200 people. It will provide many services including an emergency department, heart catheterization lab, advanced imaging, operating rooms, labor and delivery and more.

"With input from many community members, we have taken time to carefully design a facility that is right sized for this region in order to meet our patient needs which continue to grow, especially with our recent merger with Fargo, ND based MeritCare," said Ed Weiland, Sanford Health Network President. "We look forward to the completion date and the opportunity to provide hospital services to the people of Aberdeen and surrounding areas."

The total project cost is $55 million. This includes building and equipment costs as well as construction fees. The project is also a boost for local businesses. More than 70 percent of the construction contracts were awarded to area companies, and 90 percent of the labor for the facility will come from the Aberdeen area.