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As a nonprofit health care system, Sanford Health is committed to providing programs and services to improve quality of life for people in the communities it serves.
One of the pillars of a nonprofit health organization is to provide medical care regardless of a patient's ability to pay. In 2011, the charity care of the western region of Sanford Health, headquartered in Bismarck, totaled $12.8 million. For more on Sanford Bismarck's community care program, click here.
Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a requirement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and part of the IRS 990 requirement for a not-for-profit health system. A CHNA provides a global view of health within a community and can serve as a catalyst to align expertise and resources to address unmet health needs. Sanford Health values these partnerships as we all work together to improve the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery. Community Health Needs Assessments were conducted during 2012-2013 and included input from a broad base of community members and leaders. Please contact us with any questions or comments. We welcome your feedback.
Emergency planning and training
Sanford Health actively participates in local, regional and statewide emergency planning activities, providing beyond what is required for licensure. Sanford Bismarck allows the Bismarck Police and Burleigh County Sherriff's departments to use the Sanford Health security training site and equipment for their training purposes.
Sanford Health Public Affairs collaborates with community partners in the area of wellness, education and economic development. Click here to complete a funding request for your organization, event or project.
Each month, Sanford Bismarck offers education classes and support groups, ranging from breast feeding and infant massage for new parents to driver's safety for senior-aged adults and support groups for chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Sanford Health also hosts Doc Talk, a free monthly doctor–led presentation series that is open to the public.
Health professionals' education
In addition to the College of Nursing, Sanford Bismarck provides learning environments and financial support for programs such as the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Bismarck State College's laboratory tech program to ensure a strong, local health care work force in the future.
Identifing and fulfilling special needs
The Sanford Health Foundation coordinates fundraising activities throughout the year to help families with special needs. The Sanford Health Great American Bike Race, for example, a fundraiser for children who have cerebral palsy or a related disability, has raised more than $1.5 million to help families pay for care and equipment that health insurance does not cover.
As a research institution, Sanford Bismarck is committed to seeking new treatment and preventative measures. Sanford Health contracts with a local research organization and works with the North Central Cancer Treatment Group.
Subsidized health services
Sanford Health subsidizes health services to ensure the community receives specialized care in a variety of important areas. An example of this care is Sanford Health's Dakota Children's Advocacy Center, a program designed to improve the response to child abuse by providing a community–wide multidisciplinary team approach. In 2011, the center provided medical and mental health services to 346 children and provided training and teaching to 2,108 children.