$209M Sanford expansion to add orthopedic hospital, 2 clinics

Practice Management

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health outlined plans March 3 to build an orthopedic hospital and two clinics as part of a $209.5 million expansion over the next three years, reports the Argus Leader.

The expansion aims to boost the health system's existing services lines to keep up with demands of the growing population.

Located at the health system's main campus, the 163,000-square-foot orthopedic hospital will feature 12 operating rooms. Construction will begin in summer 2021 with opening expected by 2023.  

The project includes a 42,000-square foot clinic in Southeast Sioux Falls — due for completion in 2021 — that will provide care to the city's outskirts and Northwest Iowa. 

The second clinic, a 16,000-square-foot facility in Harrisburg, S.D., will break ground in spring and open in a year. Both clinics will feature family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and a Lewis Drug center.

Sanford Heart Hospital is also undergoing an expansion, adding 16 patient rooms, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The health system is in the midst of a back and forth legal battle with neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora, MD, who was fired for allegedly violating anti-kickback laws by using devices from two companies he owned. Last month, Dr. Asfora filed a wrongful termination suit, claiming he was a victim of vindictive colleagues.

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