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Sanford Health boosts its Mitchell presence with $500,000 expansion

Sanford Health's presence in Mitchell continues to grow. Since arriving on the Mitchell health care scene in 2007, the local Sanford Health clinic has consolidated its offices at the Highland Mall on the south side of town. With a growing patient...

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Sanford Health's presence in Mitchell continues to grow.

Since arriving on the Mitchell health care scene in 2007, the local Sanford Health clinic has consolidated its offices at the Highland Mall on the south side of town. With a growing patient base, Sanford is working to expand its operations at the Highland Mall location with an investment of approximately $500,000.

"We've been trying to get this done here for a couple of years, but now the timing is right for us," said Matt Ditmanson, director of operations for Sanford Health Mitchell. "We've got the capital and we're moving forward with it."

Ditmanson said the expansion will increase the clinic's space by about 2,000-square-feet with the addition of 10 new exam rooms and a larger break room for staff. With the new exam rooms, the clinic will have 27 total plus one procedure room.

While Ditmanson said the staff is excited to have the new exam room space, he said it is looking forward to the larger break room.

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"They're super excited about the clinical space that we're expanding out to, but the break room just for them to give them a place to relax when they're not seeing patients is a huge bonus for us," Ditmanson said.

The clinic includes three core services, women's health, pediatrics and adult medicine, as well as eight subspeciality services. Those subspeciality services include pediatric gastroenterology, adult neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, physical medicine, pediatric cardiology, adult cardiology, adult pulmonology, with nephrologist Dr. Anthony Rupp formally joining the group in November.

And Ditmanson said each service within the clinic is seeing increased interest, leading to the need to expand the space. But when the subspeciality services are operating out of the Highland Mall location a couple times per month, Ditmanson said the clinic can get crowded.
"During those days, our clinic is bursting at capacity, and so we absolutely needed more exam space to serve not only our core, but those speciality groups that are coming in to visit us," he said.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-August, but the construction will have no impact on clinic operations. Because the additional space is entirely new to Sanford and the existing space is not receiving major renovations, patients will not see any delays or cancellations as a result of the addition.

According to Ditmanson, Sanford's expansion in Mitchell is not is a reaction to Avera Health's recently built $16.5 million medical office south of Interstate 90.

The three-story, 70,000-square-foot Avera Grassland Health Campus opened in early 2016 following about 18 months of construction, moved several services from the Avera Queen of Peace grounds to the new location in southern Mitchell.

Despite Avera's recent move, Ditmanson noted Sanford has had its expansion plan in the works for years. He said Sanford has a "great deal of respect" for Avera services in Mitchell, but Sanford's expansion was the cause of its own increasing patient base.

For now, there are no concrete plans to move forward with additional expansion efforts in the near future for Sanford in Mitchell, but Ditmanson did not rule out continued attempts to increase the health care provider's presence in the region.

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"Certainly, the intent is there, and we'll grow as our patient base supports that," Ditmanson said. "So we definitely will continue to be a big part of the community and continue to support big events."

And Ditmanson, a Mitchell native, is happy to see the clinic continue to improve upon the health care services available in his hometown.

"By the way, it's my hometown, so it's great to be able to come back and have a clinic like that and support the community," Ditmanson said. "For me, it's personally very gratifying."

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