Sanford medical centers named No. 1 hospitals in Dakotas

Jon Berg
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 17, 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for 2021-2022 ranked Sanford Medical Center Fargo the No. 1 hospital in North Dakota and Sanford USD Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in South Dakota.

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings are published to help patients decide where to receive care. U.S. News evaluates data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties.

Sanford USD Medical Center received high-performing rankings in three adult specialty areas, including gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

“The past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been incredibly challenging but our caregivers have demonstrated unparalleled resilience by continuing to show up every day to provide world-class care to our patients,” said Paul Hanson, president and CEO of Sanford USD Medical Center. “Earning this top ranking from U.S. News is an honor and testament to the high-quality care we deliver to our patients across the state of South Dakota. We are grateful to our caregivers for their dedication and to our patients who continue to trust us with their care.”

Sanford USD Medical Center is also rated high-performing in 14 procedures and conditions, including colon cancer surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), heart attack, diabetes, kidney failure, back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia.

Sanford Medical Center Fargo ranked high-performing in urology and is rated high performing in nine procedures and specialties, including colon cancer surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart attack, colon cancer surgery, kidney failure, stroke, hip replacement, knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Sanford Medical Center Fargo continues to enhance access to world-class health care services as close to home as possible,” said Bryan Nermoe, president and CEO of Sanford Medical Center Fargo. “This ranking from U.S. News validates our commitment to bringing the best of health care to the people and families who need it most. We are proud to be the destination for health care across the state of North Dakota.”

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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 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health’s transformative work to improve the human condition at or Sanford Health News.