Sanford Health announced Friday, July 23, that it will open a new clinic in Devils Lake next year
The health care company says the clinic will be located on the Eventide campus in Devils Lake and construction will start this summer, with an open date in early 2022.
Services will include family medicine, cardiology, dermatology and physical therapy. The clinic will have lab and imaging services on site.
“Sanford has always been focused on making health care easily accessible, and location is one of the biggest barriers. We have been meeting with key community leaders for several months to listen, learn and collaborate,” Justin Stromme, senior director of clinic operations at Sanford Health, said in a statement sent to the media Friday.
Sanford will be opening a new clinic in Grand Forks next month and also has medical centers in Fargo and Bismarck -- two of the four major hubs for the nation’s largest rural health care system. The company also has clinics and critical access hospitals in other communities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
“This is a natural expansion of the services we’ve provided in the Grand Forks area for the last 20 years. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of patients coming to Sanford from Devils Lake and the broader region of north-central North Dakota,” said Lisa Jamsa Tollefson, medical director at Sanford Grand Forks. "It’s satisfying for me as a doctor to know we are investing in communities to provide health care close to home, so patients do not have to travel as much."
Jon Riewer, president and CEO of Eventide Senior Living Communities, said adding a clinic to Eventide Heartland campus will mean easier access to medical care for Eventide residents and additional provider coverage "that is critical to the community."
"We appreciate Sanford’s shared vision of how better to serve our residents and the community of Devils Lake," he said.
The news comes just weeks after Altru Health System sent 4,000 emailed letters to residents of Devils Lake, outlining the system’s commitment to that community and later confirming discussions have begun that could potentially lead to managing or purchasing St. Alexius Hospital there.
That discussion is ongoing.