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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Size, price rise for new Sanford campus in Fargo

  • FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The new medical campus that Sanford Health plans in North Dakota's largest city is both bigger and more expensive than originally planned.


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  • FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The new medical campus that Sanford Health plans in North Dakota's largest city is both bigger and more expensive than originally planned.
    The initial design was for a 371-bed medical center in Fargo that would cost $360 million. The plan now is for a 460-bed facility that will cost $541 million, The Forum newspaper reported. It's also increased from about 700,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet.
    Dennis Millirons, president of Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, said the changes "make sense" because the center is seeing more patients and doctors are becoming more specialized.
    "Our volumes have grown, our admissions have grown, our census has grown," he said. "It increasingly did not make sense" to stick with the original project.
    Admissions that had been growing at an average of 3 percent annually jumped by 9 percent in the past year, according to Sanford.
    Jeff Sandene, chief operating officer for Sanford's Fargo region, said there are several reasons for the growth. Sanford's patient base has increased due to recent mergers. As more doctors have been brought into the system, so have more patients.
    "Also, North Dakota has a very robust economy, our population is growing and so is the demand for medical care," he said.
    Sanford is based in Fargo and in Sioux Falls, S.D. The health system has a presence in more than 100 communities in seven states and bills itself as the nation's largest not-for-profit health care provider.
    Groundbreaking for the Fargo center is set for July 31, with construction to begin next year. The project is scheduled for completion by 2018.

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