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Published July 31, 2012, 06:17 PM

Sanford nurses help design new hospital

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Sanford says it’s throwing a huge party, because it's more than just a hospital. It's a $541 million medical destination.

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Sanford says it’s throwing a huge party, because it's more than just a hospital. It's a $541 million medical destination.

Sanford says the design sets this medical center apart.

It has called on the experts, Sanford employees, to making adjustments and recommendations for the design so the center is comfortable for patients and staff.

Lacie Maresh, Sanford Nurse: "We decided to switch the toilet to a different wall because we could have more space around the toilet to assist."

It may sound like a minor switch. Yet Sanford says details like this are crucial to shaping the design of the Sanford Medical Center.

Dennis Millirons, Sanford Medical Center President: "We can actually have nurses, physicians, therapists and others who can actually look at the placement."

The center covers nearly 22 and a half football fields, with more than 400 hospital beds, and 32 operating rooms. All tweaked by Sanford employees themselves, like Lacie Maresh.

Maresh: "For so long I've been working with patients and I can say things every day now that would make it better for patients and families, and we're able to say that."

Maresh is part of a design team, helping professionals craft a calm, quiet, hospital, and a healthy environment to work and feel better.

Millirons: "Isolate the hubbub and the noise, and the equipment and the carts from quarters that need to be quiet that are appropriate for healing."

The hospital's set to open in 4 years.

The next step, creating mock rooms for Sanford's design team to tour so they can see their designs on paper in real life.

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