New orthopedic hospital to expand Sanford patient care


At 205,000 square feet, Sanford Health continues to expand its orthopedic care skyward.

On June 7, Sanford Health executives ceremoniously dug dirt at the site of a new orthopedic hospital. It will be the tallest building on the health system’s main campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

More room for patients, medical students

The new hospital will rise between Sanford Children’s Hospital and the Surgical Tower using a 208-foot crane, the tallest ever at a Sanford Health site.

Sanford Orthopedic Hospital will include:

  • 161,000 square feet of new space
  • 44,000 square feet of renovated space
  • 19 hospital rooms
  • 12 operating theaters
  • 56 medical suite rooms
  • New intraoperative MRI device, providing near real-time imaging during procedures
  • New Home for the Orthopedic Residency Program

Kristofer Kimber, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Sanford Health, said this new hospital will continue to build on an already strong orthopedic residency program at Sanford.

“We are now almost in the fourth year of our orthopedic and sports medicine residency program, and this building will make this program even more competitive,” he said.

Dr Kimber said the new hospital’s medical suites will be “hotel-like rooms for families” and will make a difference in the healing process for patients.

“The ability to stay, without having an actual hospital stay and to get out and go home more quickly, will be made easier with the new addition,” he said.

According to Paul Hanson, president of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, the extra room will help bring more providers into the rural area to care for more patients, regardless of their zip code.

“We can expand our services with recruiting efforts in communities where we may not have a strong presence today, but we will tomorrow,” he said with a smile.

Investing in rural health care

Joshua Crabtree, MD, president of the Sanford Clinic in Sioux Falls, said the decision to build the orthopedic hospital was made in the interests of patients.

“Our patients are going to be impacted by advances in technology, advances in instrumentation and advances in technique. We are committed to caring for people.

“When we put up a building like this and make a commitment like this, it really reinforces our intention to be the premier rural health care provider in the country. We are part of the community and we will always be part of that community,” Dr. Crabtree said.

The planned opening date of the orthopedic hospital is fall 2025.

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