Lake Region Bone and Joint Surgeons Merge with Sanford Health

Lake Region Bone and Joint (LRBJ) Surgeons, P.A. based in Bemidji, MN and Sanford Health announced today the final approval and contract signing to bring the two organizations together.

(Bemidji, MN) – Lake Region Bone and Joint (LRBJ) Surgeons, P.A. based in Bemidji, MN and Sanford Health announced today the final approval and contract signing to bring the two organizations together. The contract was effective April 5.

“This represents a major leap forward for our vision of establishing Bemidji as a center of excellence in orthopedics and sports medicine,” said Kevin Lampe, Sanford Health Vice President of National Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “We have the great reputation and high quality services of Lake Region Bone and Joint and Sanford to serve both locally and in Northern Minnesota.”

LRBJ has been providing orthopedic services to the Bemidji region since 1988 and staff nine employees and three orthopedic surgeons including Thomas Miller, MD, Terrance Johnson, MD and Jason Caron, MD. As LRBJ joins Sanford Bemidji’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team, they will operate under the legal name of Sanford Bemidji Orthopedics Clinic.

“Lake Region Bone and Joint has a long term commitment of excellence in orthopedics and sports medicine in the Bemidji region. Sanford Health’s focus on expanding high quality care to patients and strengthening community partnerships matches our own. I am very optimistic about what we can do together here and across the region,” said Dr. Terrance Johnson, LRBJ.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, inclusive of Sanford Bemidji, has more than 1,450 employees, 75 doctors and 118 acute care beds and is part of the Sanford Health system based in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD. Sanford is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit www.sanfordhealth.org.


Contact:
Tanya Hasbargen | Sanford Health 
218-683-4420  |  tanya.hasbargen@sanfordhealth.org