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Sanford Releases Plans for New Thief River Falls Medical Center

$60 Million Facility will co-locate clinic and hospital services.

(Thief River Falls, MN) – Sanford Health is excited to announce construction plans for the new Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center and Clinic and to release a long-awaited architects rendering of the future facility - click here to download the rendering.

This new $60 million facility will increase access to medical services and specialists for people throughout northwestern Minnesota. Ground breaking is slated for Spring 2012 and the new facility should be completed by late Fall 2014. The new location will centralize care for patients, with clinic and hospital services conveniently located on one medical campus.

Sanford Health has served medical needs in Thief River Falls since 2007 but the original Medical Center was built in 1932. More than 540 Sanford Health employees work in the community providing a variety of services, including hospital care, physical and occupational therapy, health education, and emergency medicine. “Over the years, Sanford Health has worked to advance healthcare throughout the region,” says Chris Harff, CEO of Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center.

“This new medical center will shape the future of healthcare in the community and region,” said Harff. “This is a great opportunity that will allow us to meet our patients’ needs for years to come.”

In addition to construction of a new medical center and clinic, the project will include remodeling of the existing clinic on Highway 59 to be used by Sanford to expand and co-locate behavioral health inpatient and outpatient services. Other services at that location will include dialysis and the wellness center. Unless the old building that houses the current hospital in central Thief River Falls is sold, it will be torn down and converted into a green space to enhance the downtown area’s access to the river.

Currently, Sanford Health offers specialists in a wide variety of areas, including audiology, chiropractic, orthopedics, oncology, pain management, urology, internal medicine, podiatry, sleep medicine, and ear, nose, and throat care. The 25-bed critical access hospital and clinic provides many inpatient and outpatient services, including:

  • Behavioral health care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Dialysis
  • Dietitian services
  • Family medicine
  • Laboratory services
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology (ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI)
  • Surgery

“Healthcare is important to Thief River Falls and Sanford Health is proud to be part of the community,” Chris Harff said. “With this new facility we can look forward together to many good things to come.”

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Andrea Voorhees  |  Sanford Media Strategist  |  Fargo Region
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