Sanford Health increases global presence in 7 countries

By: Paul Heinert .

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health is expanding its presence in international health care by extending services to seven countries. This year, Sanford Health will enter New Zealand, Ireland, Vietnam, Costa Rica and South Africa and increase its presence in China and Ghana. This expansion follows last year’s acquisition of a minority stake in ISAR Klinikum, a hospital leader in stem cell therapies, located in Munich, Germany.

Sanford Health’s international health care arm, Sanford World Clinic, will now be in nine countries with more than 30 locations. Supported by philanthropy and launched in 2007, the initiative is designed to foster partnership with health care leaders in the development of sustainable services around the world.

“With these partnerships, we are creating unique opportunities for shared learning,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “This is not something we are pursuing for financial gain, but we believe this type of collaboration will help further our mission of health and healing.”

Each partnership is unique in terms of scope of service and type of agreement. The focus of the collaborations range from primary and pediatric care to research and health system operations.

“We want to go where we can be impactful and create partnerships that will stand the test of time,” said Dan Blue, M.D., executive vice president of Sanford World Clinic. “We have outstanding partners in each of these countries who share a common goal – to advance health care around the world.”

  • New Zealand: Sanford World Clinic and Omni Health Limited will open a general practice clinic in February, within Auckland’s Central Business District.
  • Ireland: Sanford World Clinic and Hermitage Medical Clinic will establish a clinical research office to extend precision oncology services through a clinical research protocol supported by Sanford Research in the United States.
  • Costa Rica: Sanford World Clinic is providing strategic and operational support to the Hospital Metropolitano health system as it experiences dynamic growth across the country.
  • Vietnam: Sanford World Clinic is collaborating with Victoria Healthcare to support enhanced clinical and health care management education programs for Victoria physicians, nurses and administrative staff.
  • South Africa: Sanford World Clinic is supporting the ongoing development of clinical research and educational programs in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders at Stellenbosch University and in partnership with a series of collaborators.
  • Ghana: Sanford World Clinics – Ghana is continuing its partnership with the Ghanaian government to expand upon its current 23 clinics.
  • China: Today, Sanford World Clinic will provide oncology support for the Ciming Health Checkup Group. This collaboration will be a remote physician-to-physician partnership.

“We are excited about the oncology collaboration with Sanford Health and believe it could provide Chinese cancer patients with the most advanced treatment to improve the survival rate and the quality of life of patients,” said Hu Bo, M.D., chairman of the board for Ciming Health Check Group and chairman of the health care management branch of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association.

Sanford World Clinic is working to identify three to five new partnerships each year.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

About Omni Health
Omni Health is a primary health care provider delivering medical services across New Zealand, with the goal of becoming the country’s leading health care provider. Omni Health invests in practices and partners with them to ensure maximum potential and provide the best possible care and advice to patients. Omni Health partners with nine independent clinic offices throughout New Zealand.

About Hermitage Clinic
The Hermitage Medical Clinic is a 112-bed, full-service, private hospital in Lucan, West Dublin. Specialized teams provide medical, surgical and advanced radiotherapy care to patients and are supported by the latest medical technology. The Hermitage Medical Clinic has the most advanced diagnostic imaging equipment available today and full cardiological facilities, including a cardiac catheterization suite and clinical laboratory services. The Hermitage Medical Clinic provides a comprehensive surgical, medical and radiation oncology service through its multidisciplinary team. Other surgical specialties include orthopaedic, neurosurgery, colorectal, urology, breast and gynaecology.

About Victoria Healthcare
Victoria Healthcare operates four clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Victoria offers the highest standard of health care based on American and European best practices. Victoria’s clinics feature complete electronic record keeping which assures accuracy, clarity and privacy. Patients can view their own files through a secure web system.

About Hospital Metropolitano
Hospital Metropolitano is the fastest growing private health care organization in Costa Rica. Founded in 2010, its mission is to provide high-value care with affordable cost for middle-income families. Currently, the Hospital Metropolitano network includes two hospitals in San Jose a centralized hospital in San Jose in addition to seven satellite clinics, 23 clinics of corporate medicine and two centers of excellence (Cancer Care and Mental Health Care). Hospital Metropolitano has become the cornerstone of Grupo Montecristo’s Medical division that also holds the Medismart Prepaid Medicine Plan, a solid chain of clinic laboratories and an emergent and fast-growing chain of dental care clinics.

About Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Recognized as a leading research-intensive university on the African continent, Stellenbosch University will in 2018 celebrate 100 years of learning, growing and moving forward.  Its Faculty of Medicine and Health  Sciences is internationally acclaimed for its cutting-edge research and its dedication to advancing health and equality  in South Africa and beyond. Located on the University’s Tygerberg Campus, the Faculty houses 4,500 students and includes 1,600 staff members offering more than  80 masters, doctoral and postgraduate diploma  programs. The Faculty actively promotes an institutional culture that  welcomes, develops and supports a diversity of students and staff. It encourages adaptability and innovation to address complex health care  challenges, and to ensure institutional and global sustainability and relevance.

About Ciming Health Checkup Group
Ciming Checkup Health Management Group Co., LTD. is a specialized health management company in China. Its business covers a variety of services including health examination, health management, medical referrals, and insurance payment. It has 200 medical checkup institutions in more than 70 cities in China. In addition to having medical checkup institutions, Ciming group also has a big data company, a healthcare investment company, two international hospitals and a reproductive center in the U.S.

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