Sanford Health at a glance: Jan. 3, 2019

News and notes about the organization, its people and industry.

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Sanford and Good Samaritan Society complete affiliation

On Jan. 1, 2019, Sanford and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society completed their historic affiliation, officially combining into one organization. As a single entity, the health care organization spans 26 states and nine countries, employing nearly 50,000 people. This is a historic step in providing care across the lifespan by integrating hospitals, clinics, a health plan, research, global health services and genomic medicine with senior care and services.

Excellence in care

Sanford Fargo in North Dakota has implemented Inspire therapy, a revolutionary treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea patients who don’t tolerate CPAP therapy. Instead, Inspire is an implanted device. To date, Sanford Fargo has the fastest-growing program in the Inspire company’s 12-year history.

Dr. Jon Norberg in Fargo took part in a feature story on WDAY-TV regarding WALANT (wide awake local anesthesia no tourniquet) surgery. Throughout 2018, Sanford Health orthopedic hand surgeons have performed more than 300 surgeries using this approach, primarily focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome. WALANT surgery benefits patients by decreasing their recovery time.

Creative philanthropy

“Change in 24” a 24-hour fundraiser was held on Dec. 13 in Fargo. The goal is to provide funding for transportation and lodging for patients traveling to Roger Maris Cancer Center from a distance. The total amount raised was over $13,000, with money still coming in.

In Valley City, North Dakota, clinic employees gave back to the community by raising funds to support transportation vouchers for patients and other individuals in the community.

The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) donated a pair of MRI goggles for use in pediatric MRI exams to ease anxiety. These goggles allow children to view movies as well as have visual contact with the MRI technician during the scan. The results are faster scans and fewer requirements for sedation, leading to less risk for children. These goggles also aid adult patients who have anxiety or are claustrophobic.

Sanford Canton Medical Center put together 123 packages of food for Canton, South Dakota, and Inwood, Iowa, children who do not have enough food over the holidays.

The annual CMN Midwest Communication Radiothon was hosted from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Castle of Care on Dec. 6 and 7. In total, $277,127 was raised to support children in the Sioux Falls region.


  • … to JoAnn Foltz and Colleen Violet, of Wheaton, Minnesota, who are retiring with 40 and 44 years of service respectively, and Jane Heilmann of Fargo, who is retiring with 42 years of service.
  • … to Patty Flohr, R.N., director of Sanford Children’s Clinic in Bismarck, North Dakota, who received the honor of HPV Vaccine Cancer Prevention Champion Award, an honor that recognizes clinicians who go above and beyond to foster HPV vaccination in their communities. The award is the result of a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control, the Association of American Cancer Institutes and the American Cancer Society.

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