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Health Care in Fargo, ND

Fargo is home to three hospitals and a Veterans Administration system

By Kevin Litwin on August 5, 2015

Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND
Fargo / Antony Boshier

Patients in the Fargo-Moorhead area have a wealth of health-care choices, including three hospitals and the Fargo Veterans Administration Health Care System.

Sanford Health

Hospital care is important at Sanford Health, which also partners with the YMCA of Cass and Clay counties to run a Family Wellness center in Fargo. The facility supplies fitness, personal training and sports and health-care programs for people of all ages.

Sanford Medical Center Fargo, a 583-bed teaching hospital, has the region’s busiest Level II trauma center; newborn/pediatric intensive care services; AirMed, a medical ambulance service; and children’s, women’s, orthopedics, heart and cancer centers. Sanford Health also oversees Sanford Children's Hospital Fargo, where specially trained pediatric and neonatal specialists provide top-notch care for kids. Sanford Health is constructing a new $500 million hospital that is scheduled to open in 2017.

Essentia Health

Another key player in the regional health-care sector, Essentia Health-Fargo, is a 104-bed multispecialty hospital that offers critical care, surgery, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and maternity care. Services also include a 24-hour emergency department with Level II trauma designation.

In addition, Essentia Health is Fargo's first hospital to offer interventional neurology, which uses high-tech imaging and a tiny catheter to open blood vessels in the brain and prevent strokes. That ability and Essentia Health-Fargo's stroke team have earned the facility accreditation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Prairie St. John's

Prairie St. John's is a fully licensed 94-bed facility in Fargo with services for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues, chemical dependency or addiction and co-occurring disorders. Services include inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, intensive outpatient services and clinic services. Besides the Fargo center, Prairie St. John's also has a clinic in Moorhead.

Fargo VA Health Care System

The Fargo VA Health Care System accommodates more than 89,000 veterans living in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. Services at the Fargo facility include extended care and rehabilitation, mental health programs, a pharmacy, specialty care and women's health. Besides Fargo, there are eight community-based outpatient VA clinics throughout the region, with six in North Dakota and two in Minnesota.

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