Sanford Fargo recently celebrated the grand opening of the region’s only stand-alone orthopedics and sports medicine facility.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of a five-year, nearly $30 million remodeling and expansion project at Sanford’s South University campus in Fargo, North Dakota.
Dr. Bruce Piatt, department chair of orthopedics at Sanford Fargo, was there to celebrate.
“This has really given us the opportunity to bring all of our orthopedic services under one roof, which makes it wonderful for us as physicians and health care providers, to be able to be in one facility where we can communicate easily with each other,” Dr. Piatt said. “But it also gives our patients the opportunity to be able to have their evaluations here, have their physical therapy here, have their surgeries here, all in the same building.”
Better care, better communication
Over the past 10 years, Sanford orthopedics patients have had multiple different campuses and clinics to navigate based on their specific needs. Now with everything under one roof, both patients and providers will have an easier time during their appointments.
“That has given us some challenges at times where patients may be coming to see us at one place, going to another place to have their blood draws done, going to another place to have some of their imaging studies done. And this allows them to get it all done here through one visit and one timeframe for them,” said Dr. Piatt.
Mike Erickson, executive director of orthopedics and sports medicine at Sanford Fargo, also praised the added convenience.
“It really allows the providers to be optimized as well,” Erickson said. “It’d be much more efficient with their time and not driving from campus to campus.”
Full range of orthopedic services
The new facility provides almost everything in orthopedics, including subspecialties such as sports medicine, reconstructive work, joint work, orthopedic oncology, pediatric orthopedics, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, physical therapy, urgent care, and more.
“That’s the great thing about Sanford,” said Erickson. “We’re going to continue to take care of our patients, our people and our community. And we’re going to make the investments that we need to continue to take care of that. Not just in Fargo, but in the whole region. We’ll continue to add services and grow and respond to the community needs.”
Despite a pandemic, Sanford remains committed to growing their facilities and providing more options of care for their patients. The new Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine facility is just the latest example.
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