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Mickelson Eye Clinic Joins Sanford Health

Mickelson Eye Clinic becomes Sanford Health Thief River Falls Eye Center & Optical.

(Thief River Falls, MN) – Mickelson Eye Clinic and Sanford Thief River Falls are pleased to unite as one organization. The new Sanford Health Thief River Falls Eye Center & Optical opens today, Monday, Oct. 24 inside the Sanford Thief River Falls Clinic on Highway 59 South.

“Our team at Mickelson Eye Clinic is excited to join the Sanford Thief River Falls family. We look forward to the many opportunities that will be available to our patients,” commented Dr. Craig Mickelson. Currently, Dr. Mickelson has three employees at the eye clinic.  On November 3, 2011, Sanford Health Thief River Falls Eye Center & Optical will welcome a second optometrist, Dr. Christopher Kelly.

“This partnership represents a major step forward for our vision of establishing Thief River Falls as a medical care destination for the region,” said Dr. Ashok Patel, Sanford Thief River Falls Clinic Chief Medical Director. “Sanford Health’s focus on expanding high quality care matches well with Mickelson Eye Clinic’s reputation of providing excellent care to patients. I am optimistic about what we can do together locally and across the region,” added Patel.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Africa, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 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, eradicating breast cancer and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Tanya Hasbargen | Regional Marketing Manager | Thief River Falls
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