Sanford Health Foundation2021 Regional Impact

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Total raised: $1.5 million

Total disbursed: $325,000

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Philanthropy at Work Bemidji

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Equipment: 44%

  • Radiography system for X-ray procedures
  • Telehealth cart with integrated cameras, displays, and network access to bring remote physicians to the side of the patient
  • Patient transport van for behavioral health

Patient Care/Family Support: 37%

  • 3D mammography screenings for underinsured women
  • General support for the cancer center and heart failure clinic
  • Nurse navigator support in Sanford Health Joe Lueken Cancer Center

Staff Education/Support: 19%

  • 26 – $2,000 Mimi Diffley Memorial Employee Scholarships to help employees further their health care careers
  • Employee Crisis Fund assistance

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me and my family to be able to continue my education.”

—Hannah Chandler, 2021 recipient of the Mimi Diffley Memorial Scholarship

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Total raised: 1.8 million

Total disbursed: $1.1 million

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Philanthropy at workBismarck

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Patient Care/Family Support: 48%

  • Services like Child Life, which helps kids cope with hospitalization
  • Patient assistance to help with treatment-related travel, lodging and other medical costs not covered by insurance
  • $10,573 in Sanford POWER scholarships

Equipment/Facility Improvement: 38%

  • NICU ventilators and monitors
  • Home kidney dialysis equipment
  • Pulsara telehealth and communication platform, which connects teams and technology to improve patient care

Education/Staff Support: 14%

  • NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford scholarships to support workforce development
  • Employee Crisis Fund assistance
  • $11,650 in staff education and training
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For Local Kids

For the health and safety of everyone involved, we made the tough decision to take this annual Great American Bike Race (GABR) event virtual for the second year in a row in 2021. But our community still showed up in a big way, raising vital funds to support children and young adults across the Bismarck region who live with cerebral palsy and related early onset conditions. Funds raised assist with necessities like wheelchairs, therapy and more that are not fully covered by insurance.


GABR assistance provided in 2021: More than $300,000.

“100% of that money goes to families in need, just like my family.”

—Jeff Frank, dad of 2021 GABR Star Nora, who lives with cerebral palsy and receives care at Sanford Children’s Therapies

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Total raised: $5.6 million

Total disbursed: $4.4 million

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philanthropy at workFargo

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Patient Care/Family Support: 63%

• Services such as Child Life, nurse navigation and patient assistance for treatment related costs not covered by insurance


Equipment/Facility Improvements: 15%
• Two EKG machines, which replaced aging equipment, to record hearth health data directly into patient health records for improved safety and efficiency
• New ambulance for Sanford Wheaton Medical Center in Minnesota


Research: 14%
• Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, infectious disease, trauma care and other research studies


Staff Education/Support: 4%
• $39,000 in scholarships to further health care careers of Sanford employee veterans
• Employee Crisis Fund assistance


Community Benefit: 4%
• Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead, which offers car seat checks, workshops and other resources to keep kids safe

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Reimagine the future
of cancer care

In 2021, supporters pushed us past the halfway mark in the Reimagine campaign to transform the future of cancer care and research at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. Every dollar is advancing cancer research, patient care and services and education.


Progress: $8 million toward $15 million goal

“Having care close to home is one of the best things you could possibly hope for.”

—Jon Haug, dad of 2-year-old cancer survivor Reina

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Sioux Falls

Total raised: $6.2 million
Total disbursed: $5.8 million

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philanthropy at worksioux falls

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Patient Care/Family Support: 55%

  • Services such as Child Life, nurse navigation and social work
  • Assistance with medication expenses and everyday wellness essentials such as orthopedic shoes and blood pressure cuffs for patients in need

Equipment/Facility Improvements: 21%

  • Ultrasound machines for children’s radiology, breast health and kidney dialysis
  • EOSedge low-radiation imaging system for safer X-rays

Community Benefit: 14%

  • Virtual/in-person summer camps for kids with chronic health conditions
  • Assistance to families at Sanford Children’s to help with costs not covered by insurance, including:
    • 848 hotel nights
    • 16,000 meals
    • Cystic fibrosis, asthma and diabetic supplies, specialty foods, formulas and more

Staff Education/Support: 8%

  • Employee of the Year awards and scholarships
  • Employee Crisis Fund assistance

Research: 2%

  • Innovations in Pediatric Oncology Research Initiative to accelerate more effective, safer cancer treatments for kids
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Sweet Dreams
For Sweet Miracles

An outpouring of generosity last year brought us ever closer to our final goal in the Sweet Dreams campaign. Every dollar raised is helping purchase cutting-edge equipment and technology to care for fragile infants in the Sanford Boekelheide NICU and The Birth Place at Sanford USD Medical Center.


Progress: $1.7 toward $2.2 million goal

Equipment funded:

  • 70% of Giraffe OmniBeds and Panda Warmers
  • 100% of NICVIEW camera system

“We can really help these babies and give them a chance. They’re going to build our future. I just know Mateo is going to do amazing things with his life and tell his story someday.”

– Teresa Bravo, Mom of Mateo, who was born four months early and spent 123 days in the Sanford Boekelheide NICU