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Sanford Health, Community Celebrates New Moorhead Campus with Groundbreaking Ceremony

(Moorhead, MN) – The community came together today to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Sanford Health Moorhead Campus, a location that will offer a wide array of expanded medical services and the latest in health care design and technology.

Sanford Health Moorhead GroundbreakingThe Sanford Moorhead Campus will begin with construction of the 47,000 sq. ft. Sanford Moorhead Clinic, set to open summer 2014. In addition to existing services available in Moorhead (family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, medical home, pharmacy and lab), the $13 million project will add pediatrics, women’s services, behavioral health, orthopedics, occupational medicine and outreach services for specialty care, along with a retail pharmacy and gift shop. This expansion means major growth for Sanford Moorhead; 16 physicians are expected to be added at the clinic with several more offering outreach services, more than tripling the current number.

 “In 2009 when we formed Sanford Health there was a promise made for growth, expansion and long term vision. This campus is another shining example of that commitment,” says Richard Marsden, MD, Senior Executive Vice President of Fargo Division, Sanford Health.

 Project leaders took advantage of every opportunity they could to engage the citizens of Moorhead to gather input – everywhere from business gatherings to living rooms.

 “One of the goals for this project is to provide the community with the next stage of care through a forward thinking approach,” said Stephen Nelson, MD, Senior Vice President, Sanford Health. “We’ve brought together patients, employees, community leaders and many others to layout the blue print for the most efficient, sophisticated facility that we can build.”

 Moving forward into a new era of health care, the Moorhead Campus will be designed with the patient in mind by offering advanced care and easy access for people throughout greater Minnesota. Through the use of advanced technology, the design will enable a continuous flow and minimize wait time for patients. As Sanford Health continually evaluates the needs of the community, the campus will have room to grow and will serve as an example for future building projects within the organization.

 Marsden adds, “The strategic bookend positioning of this campus and all of our locations within the Fargo/Moorhead community enhance our ability to better serve our patients, bringing care close to home.”

 The Sanford Moorhead Campus will be conveniently located on 27 acres of the corridor at I-94 and the 34th St. exit. The land sits on the original Offutt family farm, home to Ronald D. Offutt, longtime businessman, philanthropist and agricultural entrepreneur. The campus will be built in Sanford’s signature collegiate gothic design; the architectural firms named for the project are AECOM and local firm JLG Architects.

 Since 1985, Sanford Health has been proud to be a part of the Moorhead community. With eight physicians, the current 7,000 sq. ft. clinic in Moorhead offers services in family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, medical home, pharmacy and lab services.

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 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 health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 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 health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers, eradicating breast cancer and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit



Andrea Voorhees
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