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Sanford Medical Center Fargo certified as North Dakota’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

FARGO, N.D. – Sanford Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital in Fargo has been verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. This verification makes Sanford the only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in North Dakota, the next closest are Sanford Sioux Falls and Minneapolis.

“The road to Level II Pediatric Trauma Center verification began in 2008 when the national American College of Surgeons (ACS) identified pediatric trauma as a priority for North Dakota, and Sanford Medical Center Fargo stepped up to make it happen,” said Paul Richard, President of Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

The ACS was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The journey to verification for Sanford Fargo covered many rigorous requirements including the development of additional processes and services, securing specialized equipment and hiring highly trained specialty physicians and staff to meet the qualification guidelines. Sanford Fargo partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a Pediatric Level I Trauma unit, starting in September of 2012 specifically to support its work toward this verification.

This was an intense mentoring program with outcomes including the creation of pediatric-specific care review committees and deeper tracking measurements of children’s care and the addition of several highly sought after pediatric specialty physicians including a trauma surgeon, fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeon, pediatric orthopedic surgeon and more pediatric intensive care physicians. At the completion of the ACS review many aspects of the program were noted to be national best practices, including Sanford’s regional performance improvement process and child specific support services. There were no deficiencies noted. 

“This is a wonderful and much needed asset to our community, state and surrounding region. Children who experience severe or life-threatening injuries can now receive the expert care at Sanford Children’s when they need it, close to home,” said Richard. “With this designation, we will be able to offer more emergency care services to a larger geographical area, both at our existing locations as well as at the future Sanford Fargo Medical Center.”

For more information on Sanford services, please visit sanfordhealth.org.  

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China.

Sanford Health includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North Dakota and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly a $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives, including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.


Nadine Aljets
Sanford Media Strategist – Fargo Region
(701) 200-6080 / nadine.aljets@sanfordhealth.org
@SanfordNadineA