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Dakota Hospital Foundation Signs Investment Agreement with Sanford Health

(Vermillion, SD) – Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF) in Vermillion, SD and Sanford Health  based in Sioux Falls, SD announced today Sanford Health will make a $12 million investment in Sanford Vermillion’s medical facilities over the next five years. The agreement also means Sanford Health will assume ownership for the infrastructure, including building projects and technology, at the conclusion of the project.

Founded in 1930, DHF has dedicated itself to improving the health of people in the Vermillion area. Together with Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, DHF continues to dedicate itself to community health and wellness. Since 1989, the partnership has brought new facilities, new programs and new doctors to serve the Vermillion area’s health care needs.

 “We are thankful for the long-standing relationship with Sanford Health and the opportunities this agreement presents,” said Susan Tuve, president, Dakota Hospital Foundation. “We are confident there are opportunities for continued growth and partnership to benefit the entire Vermillion area.”

 “The Dakota Hospital Foundation is truly committed to supporting local access to quality care for our citizens,”  said Timothy Tracy, CEO, Sanford Vermillion. “We are honored to continue to be their trusted partner.”

As part of the agreement, Sanford Health will remodel several areas of Sanford Vermillion before removing the 1935 building and replacing it with an expanded outpatient service center.  As this takes place, Sanford Health will continue to enhance available services and technology.

“This is a time of great change in health care, but also a time of great opportunity,” said Rick Giesel, president, Sanford Health Network. “Sanford Health is committed to the communities it serves, and we continually look at what medical services can be enhanced or added to the Vermillion community that are not already present.”

About Sanford Vermillion Medical Center

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, a medical facility including a family medicine clinic, 25-bed acute care hospital, 66-bed nursing home, and 23-unit senior living apartment complex in southeast South Dakota, is a member of 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.

Sanford Vermillion Clinic is served by three family medicine physicians, a general surgeon, two advanced practice providers and a variety of visiting physician specialists. To learn more about Sanford Vermillion, visit

About Dakota Hospital Foundation

Since its beginning in 1930, Dakota Hospital Foundation has fulfilled a mission dedicated to community health and wellness.  The health care 'pioneers' who established Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF) also nurtured a tradition of community health service leadership represented by today's Foundation members.

Mary Merrigan, Director Public Relations
Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, Vermillion, SD
(605) 624-2611 /

Stacy Jones, Director
Sanford Health Media Relations – Sioux Falls Region
24/7 Media Phone (605) 366-2432 /