INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published July 31, 2012, 02:10 PM

Sanford breaks ground on $541M Fargo hospital

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is beginning work on a $541 million medical center in Fargo, which is scheduled to open in 2016 and serve more than 4,200 patients daily.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is beginning work on a $541 million medical center in Fargo, which is scheduled to open in 2016 and serve more than 4,200 patients daily.

The 10-story facility will be bigger than 22 football fields and include 460 hospital beds, 32 operating rooms and 51 emergency department bays. By 2018, it's expected to be staffed by more than 260 physicians working in 48 different specialties.

The company will break ground on the facility on Tuesday night with a celebration to be headlined by popular rock band Train and expected to draw 15,000 employees, members and guests.

"Fargo's new campus will bring unprecedented medical care and investment into North Dakota and neighbors in South Dakota and Minnesota," Sanford President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said.

Sanford already employs more than 7,500 people in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. The new medical center will create an additional 2,000 full-time positions.

Sanford is based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D. It has a presence in more than 100 communities in seven states and bills itself as the nation's largest not-for-profit rural health care provider.

Sanford will continue to operate its existing campus in downtown Fargo and also plans to expand the Roger Maris Cancer Center. When the new medical center opens, Sanford will have 680 patient beds in Fargo-Moorhead.

Tags: