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Sanford to invest $200 million in N.D. health services

BISMARCK -- Sanford Health will invest $200 million over the next 10 years to enhance health services in Bismarck-Mandan and throughout western North Dakota, including a new super clinic in Dickinson, the company announced Thursday.

Ten days after Medcenter One and Sanford Health officially merged, company executives gave a glimpse of some of their future plans during a news conference in Bismarck.

Sanford is planning a new clinic in Dickinson that will have space for additional physicians, a walk-in clinic, an ambulatory surgery center and diagnostic services. Sanford also is looking into medical air service from Bismarck to the Oil Patch to help meet the needs of that region.

Sanford Bismarck President and CEO Craig Lambrecht called the official merger "a big day."

"I can tell you with a lot of pride that the relationship that we have as Sanford going forward is one that is going to create a lot of stir in western and central North Dakota because this is a game-changer for health care," he said.

Sanford also owns and manages several health care facilities in northern Minnesota, including in Bemidji, Bagley and Thief River Falls.

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