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Sanford Children's Launches Diagnostic Referral Center for Children

Sanford Children's has launched an exciting new initiative, the Diagnostic Referral Center for Children (DRC).

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Children's has launched an exciting new initiative, the Diagnostic Referral Center for Children (DRC). The DRC is a new clinic designed to address the needs of difficult-to-diagnose or medically complex children.

The clinic offers multi-specialty evaluations and facilitates communication between families, physicians and Sanford Children's. Physicians can refer patients to the DRC, and working together, determinations are made on which specialists or clinics need to evaluate the child. Parents are directly involved with the care of their child.

Located in the Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic, the DRC is led by Joseph Zenel, MD, Professor and Chief Section of General Pediatrics, Sanford School of medicine of the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Zenel said, "The DRC will be a new avenue for our patients and families to access when needed and further enhances our mission in providing the best possible care, close to home."

For more information on Diagnostic Referral Center, call 605.312.1000.

About Sanford Children's Hospital

A part of the Sanford Health system, Sanford Children's Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in its region. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the 146-bed Sanford Children's Hospital includes 76 general pediatric beds, as well as 58 neonatal intensive care beds and 12 pediatric intensive care beds, all in private family suites. With more than 200 pediatric and family medicine physicians and more than 350 pediatric-trained staff, Sanford Children's provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of children. A leader in children's healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford Children's will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this facility, as it will serve as a home base for several new pediatric clinics to be built around the world in the next ten years. For more information, visit