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Corridor of health: Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic new location to open Feb. 17; St. Joseph’s construction on track

Press Photo by Katherine Lymn The new Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic is almost complete, set to open Feb. 17. The clinic sits just west of Dickinson, near the new St. Joseph’s Hospital.1 / 2
Press Photo by Katherine Lymn With the walls up, the Medical Office Building of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital is looking more and more complete. The hospital is scheduled to open in the fall.2 / 2

One otherwise bare spot on the west edge of Dickinson is quickly becoming a health corridor.

Sanford Health’s new clinic is getting its final touches put on, and will open officially Feb. 17. Construction on the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Office Building is on schedule for its projected fall opening.

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From the outside, the Sanford clinic looks complete — less the empty parking lot.

Inside, remaining tasks are minor, like hanging wall art and arranging furniture.

Over the weekend of Feb. 15-16, a moving company will transfer most of the clinic’s major equipment from its current location. The clinic won’t be open for its normal 9 a.m. to noon walk-in hours that Saturday.

“We’ve been working for months on getting the right equipment sent at the right time,” hospital administrator Amy Kreidt said.

For staff, the move will be a breath of fresh air.

“We’re kind of like sardines in a can,” Kreidt said of the old, 14,000-square-foot clinic. The new building is 85,000 square feet.

“It’s challenging for me when I have five patients in the waiting room and there’s nowhere to put them,” said Dr. Marc Ricks, a pediatrician at Sanford’s Dickinson clinic.

Plus, at the existing location, pediatrician rooms are “basically converted adult rooms,” he said. The new location will have space dedicated to pediatrics, with murals on the wall and other elements designed with children in mind.

The new location will continue to provide Sanford’s existing services like family medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN. But it’ll add infusion, chemotherapy and extend its walk-in hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’ll fill a void, Kreidt said.

“We’re expecting to be pretty busy,” she said.

With more space and more services comes about 40 new staff members, for which hiring is almost complete, Kreidt said.

After giving the clinic time to settle and get running smooth, Sanford will add an ambulatory surgery center this summer.

St. Joe’s: floors being poured, interior MOB walls up

Down the street at the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Office Building, construction is proceeding as planned, with the structures looking more and more like the renderings.

The interior walls are up in the MOB and workers are now hanging drywall on the first floor, construction manager Leigh Hantho said.

Work is on schedule despite losing three or four work days due to the weather.

“The weather hasn’t been as big a delayer as we thought it might be,” Hantho said.

Catholic Health Initiatives, the hospital’s parent company, is providing $85 million toward the $100 million project.

As for the rest, the hospital’s foundation has raised about $10.5 million of its $15 million goal, said Jodi Bosch, director of the foundation, in an email.