SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – A major announcement came from Sanford Health on Tuesday as the health system opened a new nine-story orthopedic hospital on its main campus in downtown Sioux Falls.
This will be the city’s third orthopedic hospital.
“We’ve been waiting for this for so long, and now is the time,” said Sanford Health Sioux Falls President Paul Hanson.
For years, healthcare providers at KELOLAND have seen a growing need for orthopedic care.
“There is a new generation coming in, we certainly have a number of individuals coming into the Sioux Falls market, our state is becoming a destination location for people to relocate and we want to remain the supplier of choice,” Hanson said.
Potential patients in the Sioux Falls area have multiple care options with Avera’s new orthopedic center at Louise Avenue Specialty Hospital and the private orthopedic institute, but Sanford Health says the community still needs more providers. .
“We want to add 10 to 15 additional providers to our range of services. It will also improve our surgical service.
Currently, Sanford Health has approximately 20 orthopedic providers and is already working on recruitment.
“We need to have the smart doctors, the APPS, the staff working with them, to be able to provide those tools and one of them is a great facility for them to work in,” said Sanford Health’s chief medical officer. Sioux Falls, Mike Wilde. said.
The new Sanford Orthopedic Hospital will be built in what is currently the Sanford Children’s Hospital visitor parking lot and will connect to the back of the Surgical Tower. The project involves significant parking changes, particularly during construction.
“Parking is always a challenge around our main campus, that will continue throughout this project,” Hanson said.
Sanford staff members will soon be using a shuttle service from the battleship memorial and other locations as construction on the project continues through 2025.
“Right now, we are investing $160 million in this project. That makes it the largest project cost we’ve had on this campus since we became Sanford Health, Hanson said.
The new orthopedic hospital will be the tallest building on the main campus with 205,000 square feet, 12 operating rooms, 19 inpatient rooms and 56 medical suite rooms for patients and their families to use as hotel rooms.
This new hospital is the second major construction announcement for Sanford Sioux Falls Primary Medical Center. Construction of a $60 million digestive health center and parking lot is also underway along Grange Avenue near the intersection of 21st Street, where the former Medical Building 1 was. demolished in 2018.