Sanford Unveils New Heart Hospital
February 22, 2012 6:29 PM
Sanford Health officially opens the over 200,000 square foot addition on their main campus; that addition is completely dedicated to the heart.
The Sanford Heart Hospital cost about $75 million and took about two years to complete. But on Wednesday, Sanford unveils the building that they say will allow for more medical miracles.
The building is over 120 feet tall and soon it will be home to over 500 physicians, surgeons, and nurses.
"It's a game changer in this market and in the region that we all live in,” said Tom Van Wyhe, an ambassador for the Sioux Falls Chamber. “And it's here now under one roof. With new jobs, new skills, new technology, new investment and most importantly a new healing environment.”
A sculpture welcomes visitors as they step through the doors of the new Sanford Heart Hospital. Known as the "Heart of Humanity," leaders at Sanford say it sends a message.
"It kind of symbolizes the link between people and what we can do for their hearts,” said Dr. Charles O’Brien, president of Sanford USD Medical Center.
But within its walls, Sanford has equipped their medical staff with the tools to save lives.
"Our new heart hospital is going to allow us to make a difference in our community,” said Sanford Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Tom Stys. “We will be able to serve our patients better.”
One of those tools is the new Hybrid Operating room which provides surgeons with a cath lab imaging space within the OR so patients do not have to be taken to another area of the hospital. The surgical suite allows for patients to be diagnosed and treated...all in a single visit.
"If you go up to the fourth floor, I think you will probably see one of the best, most outfitted suites literally in anywhere in the world and in the United States,” said Dr. John Vander Woude, a heart surgeon at Sanford.
And as the ribbon is cut, it is clear that hearts have already been touched.
"I get to work everyday with incredible people and you know they treat me like a god and I should be treating all of them that way,” said Vander Woude.
The heart hospital will be open to the public for tours on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Medical staff will move into the new heart hospital in March.
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