Sanford poised for international expansion

The Sanford Health international board of directors.
The Sanford Health international board of directors.

Sanford Health’s international reach is growing.

Into Ireland.

And New Zealand.

To Costa Rica.

And into Canada.

If current conversations end up resulting in new clinics or research bases, Sanford’s footprint will include eight countries and the territory of Puerto Rico potentially by this time next year.

In 2017, it will be one decade since Denny Sanford’s $400 million donation helped create Sanford International Clinics.

“The momentum behind that day continues to reverberate,” Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said. “It’s been a really great thing.”

Recently, the system announced a new international board to help guide its international efforts. It is led by retired professional golfer Andy North and includes CEOs, medical leaders and professional athletes.

“The relationships we’ve built overseas are amazing,” said North, who has had a relationship with Sanford through its children’s international board for about a decade. “I’d be shocked if they didn’t turn into unbelievable home runs before we’re done.”

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