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Sanford Clinic addition in DL will open Wednesday

BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the main lobby and waiting area of the newly expanded Sanford Health Clinic Thursday evening.

Working hard to get area residents the services they need and to make patients and physicians comfortable, Sanford Health in Detroit Lakes is opening its new addition Wednesday.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon, and people were able to take tours of the new facility. Half of the building project will open in a couple days, and the remainder will be open by November.

"There is much more room for our physicians to treat patients now," Breanna Adams, director of clinic operations, said standing in the new reception area.

Taking measures to highlight an easy flow for patients, eco-friendly lighting, inviting colors and plenty of natural light, the lakes theme fits in with the surrounding area.

"There are many services we have, and that will continue to grow as the community does," Dr. Jon Larson, managing physician, said Thursday. "We got off the ground because of the people here and the community."

The construction of the 33,000-square-foot expansion and remodel of the existing 28,000 square feet clinic was in response to patients' requests for more specialized medical services in Detroit Lakes.

The expansion includes a surgery center with two operating suites and endoscopy suite, expanded imaging services and space including CT and Digital Mammography and expanded lab services and space.It also includes expanded and relocated physical therapy and occupational therapy space and an outdoor area for mobile medical units.

Behavioral health will move into the new space (they were located just down the block), and there will be expanded clinic space for future growth of up to 40 providers, both primary and specialty care.

"Over 80 percent of the contractors working on the project are from the region and 70 percent are from the Detroit Lakes area specifically. We are committed to the Detroit Lakes community," Adams said. After a three-year study, Sanford said it was the company's priority to listen to patents' medical needs and built a facility to comply with those needs rather than sending patients to Fargo for services.

It's patients like Kim Bettcher and her family that appreciate Sanford's services.

"As more people come to the community, I get to whole-heartedly recommend Sanford," she said.

Having three children, Bettcher said she has been to Sanford many times and can only imagine with the addition, it's going to be even better.

"I appreciate how all these services and more will be under one roof," she said. "Thanks on behalf of the patients."

Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston and City Alderman Bruce Imholte thanked Sanford for their commitment to the community.

"Thank you for planning such a beautiful building," Johnston said.

She said that having the facility in Detroit Lakes not only provides more jobs for the clinic, but also for other business in town with employees looking for a community with quality healthcare facilities.

Imholte added that not only has the Sanford facility expanded, but because of the community partnership, the city was able to build the new skating rink and bathrooms and kitchen facilities in Peoples Park from Sanford's purchase of the old Lincoln Rick land.

"You're commitment to Detroit Lakes, we appreciate that," he said.