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Sanford Health Receives $12 Million CMS Grant

Largest Operational Grant in our History

(Fargo, ND) -  The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid (CMS) has awarded Sanford Health a $12 million Health Care Innovation grant, this is the largest operational grant Sanford has ever received. CMS grants are exclusively given to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs.

Sanford Health is receiving this award to transform health care delivery through the full integration of primary and behavioral health care in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Specifically, the grant will extend our work to deploy the medical home, integrate behavioral health services into primary care, integrated RN health coaches, maximize information technology and standardize transparent clinical metrics. The grant will also pull our front-line physicians around a new vision for primary care.

HHS Dept Press Release:
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the recipients of 81 new Health Care Innovation Awards made possible by the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. The awards will support innovative projects nationwide designed to deliver high-quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce, and save money. Combined with the awards announced last month, HHS has awarded 107 projects that intend to save the health care system an estimated $1.9 billion over the next three years.

“Thanks to the health care law, we are giving people in local communities the resources they need to make our health care system stronger,” said Secretary Sebelius.

The awards are notable for their geographic diversity; projects will be located in urban and rural areas, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Projects include:


Project Title:  “Sanford One Care:  transforming primary care for the 21st Century”
Geographic Reach: South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa
Funding Amount: $12,142,606
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $14,135,429

Summary: Sanford Health is receiving an award to transform health care delivery through the full integration of primary and behavioral health care in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota clinics.  Sanford's enhanced fully integrated medical home model features patient‐centered collaborative teams of primary and behavioral health professionals. The Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries along with the Native American and multicultural populations will benefit significantly from this award.  This model of workforce development and rapid process redesign, along with the integration of behavioral health and primary care, will improve clinical outcomes and drive efficient utilization of resources.

Key aims include transforming the role of Primary Care, integrating RN Health Coaches and Behavioral Health Triage Therapists, fully integrating behavioral health care into the medical home model, maximizing Information Technology and standardizing transparent clinical metrics.  Tele-health technology will allow patients at remote clinic sites to access enhanced clinical services including psychologists and psychiatrists.  Over a three-year period, Sanford Health’s program will train an estimated 425 health care providers creating enhanced clinical and patient engagement skills, as well as create an estimated 23 jobs in the areas of clinical services, behavioral health, and information technology.

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, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 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

Andrea Voorhees
Sanford Health – Fargo Region
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