Sanford announces new Bemidji heart center

Lindsey Wangberg
Sanford Health Media Relations
(218) 407-7516

BEMIDJI, MN, Feb. 12, 2020 — Sanford Health will break ground on a new heart and vascular center at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in spring of 2020.

“Since bringing interventional cardiology to the region 10 years ago, we have outgrown our current space,” said Susan Jarvis, President and CEO of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. “With the help of generous donors, the new heart center will be 56,000 square feet — the largest addition to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center since 2004.”

The center will cost over $25 million with $2.5 million raised by the Sanford Health Foundation. Naming rights and donor opportunities for the building and certain areas inside are still available. The Sanford Foundation invites and encourages community members to take part in making this project a reality.

All cardiology, vascular, pulmonary and respiratory therapy services will be in the new building between the medical center and the main clinic. The new Bemidji heart center will include:

Watch video: See an overview of the heart center project

In its first 10 years, the cardiology department has experienced a 20% growth year-over-year, reaching capacity in 2019. In that same time, heart disease-related deaths decreased by up to 15% in the region.

Already planning for growth

The new building will have direct access to the second floor of the medical center. This creates a smooth transfer to inpatient floors and services, providing a better overall patient experience.

“This new space will allow for future expansions of services, and the capacity to hire an additional three providers and subsequent staff,” said Kaileigh Chapman, director of cardiology. “The center will also have the ability to add a fourth cath lab and an electrophysiology specialist and services in the future.”

Construction for the new center will take approximately 18 months wrapping up in fall of 2021. Kraus-Anderson Construction as well as 20-25 regional sub-contractors will be working on the project.

Plans include green/energy efficient practices similar to those in place throughout the medical center. Among them are LED lighting, energy efficient boilers and access to single-stream recycling.

The healing garden located west of the center will remain. The space occupied by the current heart and vascular center will be used to expand current support services.

“Thank you to everyone who has worked together these last four years to make this center a reality,” said Jarvis. “With the help of this new center, we will be able to continue our promise to care for the health needs of our community.”

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition.

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