Sanford Initiatives

Investing in Care and Discovery

The Sanford Initiatives have set Sanford Health apart since 2007.

These projects are designed to enhance Sanford's health care capabilities and share our expertise with the communities we serve.

One key initiative is Sanford Research. Our goal is putting research into practice - using our scientific discoveries to tackle leading health concerns. We want our research to create new therapies, medical procedures, diagnostic tools and disease prevention measures.

Other initiatives focus on children's health, sports medicine, weight loss, genetics, breast cancer and more.

Learn more about all of our initiatives.


All Initiatives

Children's Genomic Medicine Consortium

The Sanford Children's Genomic Medicine Consortium is transforming care for children through genomic medicine. The consortium is made up of seven children's hospitals. The group is committed to improving children's health by integrating genomic medicine into pediatric care. Its goals include improving pediatric care through innovative joint research programs and genomic health care workforce development.

Edith Sanford Breast Center

The Edith Sanford Breast Center is revolutionizing the future of breast cancer care and research. We not only provide a comprehensive range of services, but we show women - and their loved ones - what it truly means to be cared for by an expert team. Physicians, nurses, researchers and support staff become your partner, your guide and your support through it all. From prevention and screenings to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, our specialists work diligently every day to find the answers and develop a care plan for your unique needs.

Sanford Health Innovations

The Sanford Health Innovations team develops and commercializes game-changing technologies to provide new solutions and better care options for patients. Backed by the strength of Sanford Health, our physicians and researchers are encouraged to think differently and go beyond the status quo when delivering care to our patients. Through Sanford Health Innovations, we are able to bring our ideas to reality by collaborating with organizations to solve challenges faced in the medical field and improve treatment methods.

Sanford Health Foundation

The Sanford Health Foundation supports the mission of Sanford Health, a nonprofit health care leader committed to improving the human condition. Gifts of all types and sizes support everything involved in the daily work of healing patients, including staff education, equipment, technology and programs and non-billed services like social work, nurse navigation, spiritual care and more. We also manage hundreds of endowed funds designed to provide ongoing support for the area of each donor's choice.

Sanford Health Plan

For families and individuals: Sanford Health Plan has the health insurance plan for your needs, your budget and your life. For Medicare recipients: We simplify the process with local agents and customer service available every step of the way. For employers: We meet all of today's health care needs for the workplace with the Sanford Health Plan Advantage.

Sanford Imagenetics

Recognizing the impact genetics has on diagnosing and treating certain health conditions, Sanford Imagenetics integrates genetic medicine into everyday primary care. See our genetic counselors before, during and after genetic testing. Find out how pharmacogenetics can improve your care. Understand how your body metabolizes medication. Learn the benefits of a family health history, and screen for inherited health risks for you and your children.

Sanford International

Record 18-time Major Champion Jack Nicklaus and two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North will be among those who participate in the EMC Legends Series during the Sanford International on Sept. 22 at Minnehaha Country Club. The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, the first ever PGA Tour Champions event to be contested in South Dakota, will be played from Sept. 17-23 and will feature a $1.8 million purse. In its inaugural year, the Sanford International will focus on charitable giving and making a lasting impact in Sioux Falls.

Sanford Medical Education

Sanford Health’s medical education programs reflect our organization’s dedication to developing the next generation of medical leaders. We’re proud to be a major teaching site for medical residency and fellowship programs. Every year, we train over 300 residents and fellows along with almost 500 medical students. Our developing physicians get hands-on clinical experience and build lasting mentorships and relationships with experts in their chosen field.

Sanford Research

Get access to clinical trials studying disease today to advance therapy and prevention tomorrow. With a team of over 200 researchers, Sanford Research is studying:

  • Cancer biology and immunotherapies
  • Pediatrics and rare diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Cellular therapies and stem cell biology
  • Enabling technology
  • Environmental influences on health and disease
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Population health

Sanford Sports

Basketball. Football. Baseball. Softball. Hockey. Tennis. Volleyball. Soccer. Wrestling. And more. The Sanford Sports Complex features nearly 500 acres dedicated to pursuing excellence in personal and team fitness, POWER training, competition, sports medicine, athletic science research and retail and hospitality. We're committed to the health of everyone in our region by applying the science of health care to the arena of sports.

Sanford Virtual Care

World Clinic

The Sanford World Clinic initiative was designed to provide permanent health care services for children. Sanford World Clinic is always expanding its scope of services to meet the unique needs of the areas we serve. Broader primary care services, regenerative medicine, specialized procedures, weight loss programs, diabetes research and clinic education are just a few of the specializations developed to serve populations around the world.