The facility is the result of a $ 30 million remodeling project in the former Sanford Health’s South University Medical Center.
Before the renovation, the facility housed inpatient hospital beds as well as space for acute rehabilitation for patients who were not quite ready to return home.
This population moved to the new Sanford Medical Complex at 5225 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo when the facility opened a few years ago and paved the way for the facility on South University Drive redesign that began in June 2018.
The South University Drive site has now been rebuilt and the facility houses all of Sanford’s orthopedics and sports medicine.
“We had orthopedic components in several different locations. It took some time to move parts on the board and align everything, but now we really have the most complete range of orthopedic services under one roof in North Dakota and West Minnesota,” said Bryan Nermoe, President and CEO of Sanford Health – Fargo.
Bryan Nermoe. Courtesy of Sanford Health.
Features of the new facility include:
- An orthopedic clinic with three new imaging rooms
- A bone health clinic with three new imaging rooms
- A hand clinic
- Hand Therapy and Hand Surgery
- A laboratory for sports science and biomechanics engineering
- A bio-skills laboratory
- A foot and ankle clinic
- Pediatric orthopedics
- A rehab hospital
As patients become familiar with the organization of the new facility, Sanford will have rescuers on hand to show them where to find things, said Mike Erickson, executive director of orthopedics and sports medicine.
Mike Erickson. Photo courtesy Sanford Health.
“For the first few weeks to a month, we will make sure our patients have a great experience,” said Erickson.
Bruce Piatt, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Sanford, said the changes mean very efficient orthopedic care for him.
Bruce Piatt. Courtesy photo: the city of Fargo.
“Sometimes we’ve worked in four different locations,” Piatt said, referring to orthopedic and sports medicine services, noting that things like inpatient and outpatient care, as well as physiotherapy and imaging, are now largely in one place.
“Most of the things we do will be on the South University campus from an orthopedic perspective,” said Piatt.
Two programs relatively new to Sanford – an orthobiology program and an orthopedic oncology program – will call the new facility on South University Drive home.
The Orthobiologics program, also known as regenerative medicine, treats musculoskeletal injuries with cells from fat, blood or bone marrow.
Such treatments can relieve pain, speed healing, and improve recovery, and they can be used to treat arthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries.