Ground was broken in Duncan, Okla., earlier this month for the newest facility in the 13-hospital Sanford Health system, headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The $3.2 million, 8,000-square-foot pediatric facility is being built on a four-acre lot on the campus of 92-bed Duncan Regional Hospital, an independent not-for-profit hospital that donated the land, and is said to be the first in a series of childrens clinics the system plans to develop around the world using some of the $400 million donation that credit card mogul T. Denny Sanford made to the system last year (Feb. 12, 2007, p. 36).
Duncan was reportedly chosen from a pool of 26 applicants because the community was seen as the best fit for the Sanford system while also having the greatest need for a pediatric facility.
The support from medical and communities leaders was instrumental in seeing why Duncan was a perfect fit, said Rich Adcock, Sanford Clinic executive vice president, in an e-mail. The ability to have a successful and positive impact on this region will be immediate.
Sanford Childrens Clinic Duncan is set to open in the summer of 2009.