Dedicated to the Work of Health and Healing
Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition.
Sanford Health includes:
- 44 medical centers
- 482 clinics
- More than 200 senior living facilities
- 190,000 Sanford Health Plan members
- 48,622 employees
- 1,382 physicians, 973 advanced practice providers and 9,703 registered nurses delivering care in more than 80 specialty areas
- Centers of Excellence:
- Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
- Women's Health
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Our Mission, Vision and Values
Dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort.
Improving the human condition at every stage of life through exceptional care, spiritual enrichment, innovation and discovery.
Demonstrating enthusiasm for those we serve, our vocation and the organization’s mission.
Having strength to persevere, innovate, use our voices and take action.
Celebrating the connection and commitment we have to each other through it all.
Providing care in a diverse range of settings and environments with a focus on the wellness of individuals.
Sharing God’s love through actions that reflect compassion, acceptance, love, humility and sincerity in keeping with the common Lutheran heritage of both organizations.
Adhering to systems that align actions to excellence, efficiency and purpose.
The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.
Sanford Health Culture
Sanford Health is excited to be on a journey of tremendous growth and momentum.
With our vast geography, cutting-edge medicine, sophisticated research, advanced education and our own health plan, we are unique in what we do and how we do it.
Through relationships built on trust and successful performance and a vision to improve the human condition, Sanford seeks to make a significant impact on health and healing.
With a commitment to diversity and inclusion, our journey as an organization includes continually building on the diverse talents, experiences and beliefs of our employees, as well as the patients and communities we serve.
We are proud to be from the Midwest and to impact the world. We look forward to joining with you in the journey.
Symbols of Sanford Health
The Blue Lights
A beacon of hope
Each night, a blue glow emanates from Sanford Health locations across the region. The tradition of these blue lights began more than a decade ago when the first blue lights were installed at a Sanford facility. Soon these blue lights became more than a light in the darkness. They became a blue beacon of hope; a sign to all who saw it that healing could be found there.
Throughout history, the color blue has stood for many things including constancy, knowledge, tranquility and trust. Sanford Health is continuing that legacy of using the color blue as a beacon for people who are sick, hurting or in pain. As they get closer and the blue lights become brighter, their fear and panic begin to diminish. They know they are headed toward a place that will reduce suffering, offer empathy and lighten burdens.
This blue beacon of hope is a thread that connects many of our facilities, linking us together as one Sanford family. It binds together our physicians, nurses, executives and all other employees under our shared passion, uniting us in our mission to improve the human condition
The Lorraine Cross
A crusade for health
At the top of many of our facilities sits a two-barred cross. While it has been a sign of hope and healing at Sanford for many decades, it has been a global symbol of salvation for centuries.
It was given the name Lorraine after the French Duke of Lorraine placed it upon his banners as he fought to retake the Holy Land during the Crusades. Known as the Crusader’s Cross, it took on a meaning of protection as it was flown by those helping Christians traveling through Jerusalem. It was taken up most notably by the patron saint of France, Joan of Arc.
In the early 1900s the symbol turned from a rallying point in battle to one in medicine. Selected by the International Tuberculosis Congress, the Lorraine Cross transformed into a central sign in the fight against disease. It began to appear on hospitals and, as it is now, became the symbol in the crusade for health.
The Lorraine Cross now stands a proud part of the Sanford Health logo, illuminated on our buildings. It serves as a constant reminder of our dedication to health and healing.
Collegiate Gothic Architecture
A sign of longevity
As new buildings begin to take shape throughout the Sanford footprint, a common likeness is shared among them. Built in the classic gothic architectural style, merely looking at these facilities instills feelings of trust and stability.
This style became popular in America in the late-1880s and was most commonly used for college expansions. The architects pulled from classic campuses such as Oxford and Cambridge and European churches that were built during the gothic period, which spanned nearly four centuries. Categorized by their impressive size and stature, these buildings were simultaneously beautiful and strong.
This style has become a physical embodiment of our organization. It makes a remarkable statement by portraying a feeling of timelessness, asserting that this organization has been and will continue to be a staple in health care around the world and in each community it serves.