Sanford Health announces new heart center

Sanford Health Bemidji announced today that groundbreaking will begin this spring on a new heart and vascular center.

According to a release, the center will cost over $25 million with $2.5 million raised by the Sanford Foundation.

The new facility will be 56,000 square feet, and the largest addition to the Sanford Bemidji campus since 2004. Construction will take approximately 18 months, with an anticipated finish around the fall of 2021.

Kraus-Anderson Construction and about two dozen regional sub-contractors will work on the project.

The cardiology department has reportedly experienced 20% growth year-over-year, reaching capacity last year. Heart disease-related deaths, at the same time, have decreased by up to 15% in the region.

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