Partnership expands Sanford Health’s athletic care to MSU

Sanford Health now handles orthopedics and sports medicine care for 14 colleges.

By: Charlie Schuknecht .

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Sanford Health has partnered with the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic (OFC) in Mankato to cover the orthopedics and sports medicine needs of Minnesota State University athletics. The Mavericks announced the five-year partnership this week.

With the addition of MSU, Sanford now handles the orthopedics and sports medicine care for 14 four-year colleges and universities. That includes five in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and five that field NCAA Division I teams.

The Mavericks fit into both of those categories.

“At Sanford Health, we pride ourselves in providing the most advanced sports medicine services available in the industry,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford Health in the Sioux Falls market. “Our ability, and the willingness of Maverick Athletics and the Mankato community to align with us on this venture, is very exciting.”

‘Huge win’ for MSU programs

The agreement will provide the necessary support to aid in the transition of the current athletic training staffing model from graduate assistants to part-time university employees. Leaders from all three organizations are looking forward to the process.

“The opportunity to build upon the long-standing relationship we have had with OFC spanning more than four decades while adding Sanford Health as part of the combination is certainly an exciting one for Maverick Athletics,” said Kevin Buisman, director of Minnesota State athletics. “This is a huge win for our programs at many different levels, and we look forward to working together in the years ahead.”

Sanford’s partnership highlights a commitment to excellence, aligning Maverick Athletics with the growing health care provider.

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 45 hospitals and 289 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 28,000-plus employees, including 1,300-plus physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases.

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