GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Sanford Health is expanding in the Greater Grand Forks region with a new clinic currently under construction that will help meet the area’s growing demand for the health provider’s services.

The project is a two-story, 22,000-square-foot building located along 17th Street and 47th Avenue South in Grand Forks. The project started last August and is on track to be finished this summer, according to Justin Stromme, senior director at the company’s East Grand Forks, Minn., clinic.

He said the clinic will start with about five to seven providers, and will offer a number of new jobs for support staff in patient access, the nursing lab, imaging and therapy.

“We’re looking at roughly 20 new positions in the Grand Forks plan,” Stromme said. A few current employees will transfer to the new location to help maintain company culture, but 80% of the jobs will be “truly new positions.”

“We have an excellent team of providers and staff in East Grand Forks and we want that to carry forward and carry over into the Grand Forks location,” he said. “We're not decreasing any of the services that we offer or the number of providers in East Grand Forks; this is truly an expansion of new providers, new services, and new employees, for the most part, in Grand Forks.”

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Sanford has been in the Greater Grand Forks area for about 20 years. The East Grand Forks clinic currently has 27 providers, representing 14 primary and specialty care services, but Stromme said the company is always looking to grow its services.

“We’re looking at some new service lines, and we will have a couple to start with, but there will be some similarities, too,” he said. “Our focus at the new Grand Forks location will be primary care, which we also provide in East Grand Forks, so we’re looking at family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, as well as a walk-in urgent care clinic.”

The clinic in south Grand Forks will have 32 exam rooms, two procedure rooms and a CT scanner. The building will provide enough room for future growth, being able to accommodate about 15 providers. Stromme said the company also hopes to expand its behavioral health services.

The company merged with MeritCare in 2009, which tapped the facilities it owned in the region and spurred new construction projects. The East Grand Forks Clinic, located at 621 DeMers Ave., expanded in 2011 to provide occupational medicine, physical therapy, and outreach services such as cardiology, oncology, urology and surgical consultations. In 2012, the location added a walk-in clinic. The latest expansion was in 2019, which included adding 3D mammography.

In 2016, its clinic at 625 DeMers Ave. expanded to include an occupational medicine clinic. Sandford also has a Home Care in East Grand Forks, and two retail locations – Sanford HealthCare Accessories and Sanford Profile – in the area.

“It's been an exciting process so far. We’ve had clinic expansions in East Grand Forks, but haven't started a new clinic, really from the ground up, and there's some key elements with all of our new Sanford Health clinics that are standardizing,” Stromme said. “One of the key features that we're looking forward to is the RTLS – or Real Time Location System” – basically, designated space in the clinic where patients can check in and room themselves while they wait for medical staff.

The building, which is on track to be completed sometime in June, also is being designed for ease of access for patients.

“That’s really a strong focus for us organizationally – to provide convenient access to patients as close to home as possible,” he said. “That’s why the Grand Forks location comes with the expansion and the growth that we’re seeing in the south part of Grand Forks. That’s a driver for us, to be able to provide services there and be available close to home for our patients.”

Andrew Weeks may be reached at 701-780-1276 or aweeks@prairiebusinessmagazine.com