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Health-Care Options in Fargo, ND

A variety of hospitals, specialized medical services and community clinics make the Fargo-Moorhead, ND area a health-care destination.

By Melanie Hill on October 5, 2015

Health Care in Fargo, ND
Fargo / Michael Conti

A healthy mix of hospitals, specialized medical services and community clinics make the Fargo-Moorhead area a health-care destination.

Sanford Health

Fargo-based Sanford Health is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health-care system in the nation, with locations in 112 communities in seven states. The largest employer in North and South Dakota, Sanford Health operates 34 hospitals and 116 clinics. Sanford Medical Center Fargo is a 583-bed teaching hospital offering the region's busiest Level II trauma center, LifeFlight air transport services, newborn/pediatric intensive care services and children's, women's, orthopedics, heart and cancer centers. At Sanford Children's Hospital Fargo, specially trained pediatric and neonatal specialists provide top-notch care for kids.

The hospital received a welcome boost in 2012, when Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen donated $1 million to create a 3,000-square-foot, hockey-themed play and learning area at the children's hospital. Also in 2012, Sanford Fargo Medical Center broke ground on a new $541 million hospital set to open in 2016. The new medical center will add 2,000 full-time positions to the 7,500 employees already working at Sanford's Fargo-Moorhead locations.

Essentia Health

Another key player in regional health care is Essentia Health-Fargo. The 104-bed multispecialty hospital offers critical care, medical surgical care, pediatric, neonatal intensive care, and maternity care. Services also include a 24-hour Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation.

In 2012, Essentia Health became 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 dedicated stroke team have earned the facility accreditation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Essentia Health-Fargo also boasts an on-site medical clinic, while the Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center provides comprehensive cardiac care, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment, surgery, follow-up care and cardiac rehabilitation.

Fargo VA Health Care System

Veterans and their families rely on the Fargo VA Health Care System, which serves more than 89,000 veterans living in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. Services include extended care and rehabilitation, mental health programs, a pharmacy, specialty care and women's health services including mammography and maternity care. VAMC also operates eight community-based outpatient clinics throughout the region. 

Prairie St. John's

Fargo also is home to Prairie St. John's, a fully licensed 91-bed facility offering 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.

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