FARGO, N.D. (June 21, 2017) – Gov. Doug Burgum today attended the grand opening celebration for the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, congratulating North Dakota’s largest private employer on the completion of its $494 million, 1-million-square-foot facility – one of the largest private industry construction projects in the history of the Dakotas.
“This cutting-edge facility demonstrates Sanford Health’s long-term commitment to North Dakota and the Fargo region while also serving as a shining example of how technology and innovation can help establish our state as a leader in health care,” Burgum said. “Congratulations to Sanford Health and its 13,000 team members in North Dakota on making this medical center a reality. We’re deeply grateful for the health benefits and economic impact a project of this magnitude brings to our state.”
The nearly four-year construction project contributed almost $55 million in wages and salaries in North Dakota, with more than 4,200 workers from across the Midwest and beyond contributing nearly 2.4 million hours to build the hospital, according to Sanford Health.
An additional 500 employees and 100 physicians will be added as a result of the project, which will expand patient services and has spurred development in the surrounding area.
Burgum also noted that Sanford will maintain its presence in the heart of downtown Fargo. Sanford Broadway will continue to be a bustling campus with more than 1,000 direct-care employees and thousands more working in support areas, helping to keep the metro’s core strong for a healthy, vibrant community.
The 284-bed, 11-story Sanford Medical Center is scheduled to open to patients on July 25. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford also attended Wednesday’s event.