A little piece of West Fargo History was demolished this week, as a new, much larger Sanford Clinic is now open.
Sanford Health began demolition of the former West Fargo clinic at the corner of 13th Avenue and Sheyenne Street to expand parking and green space for its new facility next door.
Sanford West Fargo Clinic began as the site of the West Fargo Medical Center. The medical center was originally started by Dr. Roy Kulland in 1948. He moved the medical center to its current location, a 16,466 square foot building, in 1969. There he was joined by Dr. Robert Geston . Sanford purchased the building, which included women's heath services and a pharmacy, in 1995.
In mid-2017, Sanford announced plans to build a $10 million, one-story expansion of the building, but by the time construction began spring 2018, plans shifted to the two-story, 26,317 square-foot facility.
"We know West Fargo is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, and we wanted to ensure our plans would meet the health care needs quickly and efficiently, while having the space we need now and in the future," said Nate White, executive vice president of Sanford Health in Fargo last year as construction began.
The new clinic, which now also offers Saturday hours for patients, includes more patient rooms and space for pediatric care.
"The new West Fargo clinic is several thousand feet larger than the former clinic, with two more family medicine and OB/GYN exam rooms, nine pediatric exam rooms, two procedure rooms, much larger ultrasound, lab and imaging areas and a new community education room," said Sanford Senior Communications Specialist Christen Rennich in a statement.
Sanford will host a public grand opening event on Sept. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and refreshments.