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ABERDEEN, S.D. — San­ford Health last week opened its new Aberdeen Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a 48-bed hospi­tal un­der con­struc­tion since May 2010. The $60 mil­lion fa­cil­ity was built next to the pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished mul­ti­spe­cialty San­ford Health Aberdeen Clinic, and San­ford has had a pres­ence in the north­east South Dakota town since 1979, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The three­story hospi­tal in­cludes la­bor and de­liv­ery ser­vices and a car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab. “As Aberdeen and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties continue to grow, so does the need for qual­ity health­care, and we saw a need for ex­panded ser­vices and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties in this re­gion so we were ea­ger to make the fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment,” Gor­don Lar­son, CEO of the new hospi­tal, said in the re­lease.

DICKINSON, N.D. — As part of the merger be­tween Med­cen­ter One and San­ford Health that closed this month, San­ford will in­vest $200 mil­lion in the Bis­marck-Man­dan re­gion of west North Dakota, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an oil-re­lated eco­nomic and pop­u­la­tion boom. Plans call for the con­struc­tion of a “su­per clinic” in the city of Dickinson, which will in­clude a walk-in clinic, am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter and di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices. Dickinson is “the gate­way to the re­gion’s bustling oil fields,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. San­ford is a 20-hospi­tal in­te­grated sys­tem with head­quar­ters in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., Med­cen­ter One is a 165doc­tor in­te­grated sys­tem an­chored by a name­sake 203-bed hospi­tal in Bis­marck, N.D. Dr. Craig Lambrecht, Med­cen­ter One pres­i­dent and CEO, said in the re­lease that the num­ber of work­ers in North Dakota’s oil fields has grown nearly 700% to 35,000 in 2012 from 4,500 in 2005. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Med­cen­ter ex­pe­ri­enced in­creases of 34% in emer­gency depart­ment vis­its, 20% in clinic vis­its and 17% in births. “North Dakota is boom­ing,” said Lambrecht, who will re­main with the sys­tem but with the new ti­tle of pres­i­dent and CEO of San­ford Bis­marck. He will over­see the west re­gion of San­ford Health, in­clud­ing Med­cen­ter One’s pre­vi­ous cov­er­age area.

San­ford Health opened Aberdeen Med­i­cal Cen­ter, above, last week.

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