medical

Sanford Makes History with First Robotic-Assisted Spinal Surgery in North Dakota

The new technology is much less invasive

FARGO, N.D. — Nine years ago, Darrel Raftevold got a spinal fusion surgery. The operation was successful, “But the only problem was they had to cut into the muscles. And I had a hard time, well, there was pain, let’s put it that way,” said Raftevold. Fast forward a few years, and Darrel’s back pain persisted. He could hardly sit,…

High Schoolers Explore Medical Field at Scrubs Camp

They learn about everything from nursing to cardiovascular technology

MOORHEAD, Minn. –High schoolers are scrubbing in and learning about all things medical at Scrubs Camp, a partnership between M State, MSUM, and HealthForce Minnesota. Camp attendee Katelyn Pagel, a rising senior from GFW High School, says she’s always wanted to go into the medical field. “Just like helping people, just has always been a dream of mine because I…

Opening Delayed By One Day For North Dakota’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Multiple product types will be available including dried leaves and flowers, vaporizing pens and shatter.

FARGO, ND — The opening of North Dakota’s first medical marijuana dispensary is being delayed by one day. The Botanist was scheduled to open Thursday but it will now open at 10 a.m. on Friday. The dispensary is located in a strip mall along 13th Avenue South near Target. Multiple product types will be available including dried leaves and flowers, vaporizing…

Medical Marijuana Applications Available to Apply for in North Dakota: Here’s How

Applications are also open for caregivers or people who help patients

FARGO N.D. — People living in North Dakota can now submit an application for a medical marijuana card. Applications are also open for caregivers or people who help patients. There is a $50 fee to process the application. North Dakota Department of Health officials say there are videos and information on their website that can help in the application process….

Health Care Providers Hold Career Expo at Rasmussen College

Sanford, Essentia, Mayo Clinic, Eventide and Pioneer Care were in attendance

MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you think being a doctor is too difficult but still find the medical field interesting, there are some other in–demand options to consider. Rasmussen held a career expo where Sanford, Essentia, Mayo Clinic, Eventide and Pioneer Care were in attendance. “People don’t see us, they don’t know who we are, I try to explain to people, you know…

Sanford Announces $200 Million Expansion Plan

The $200 million investment will be rolled out over the next decade

FARGO, N.D. — One year ago, Sanford opened up its new medical center. Wednesday, they announced more projects that will be rolled out over the next decade. Sanford says the plan involves changes to five “centers of excellence,” which are cancer, women’s health, children’s health, heart health, and orthopedics. They say the $200 million investment will bring plenty of jobs and…

United Blood Services’ Annual Blood Drive Wraps Up

They saw 387 donors throughout the week

FARGO, N.D. — Many lives will be saved thanks to people who donated blood at this week’s Save Our Summer event. 387 people gave blood at United Blood Services’ annual drive at West Acres Mall. Organizers say the need for blood is greater in the summer because of different cases involving accidents and travel. They also say a common misconception is…

ND Department of Health Touches on Rules of Medical Marijuana Ads

North Dakota Department of Health staff say rules were drafted for their medical marijuana program, effective April 1st of 2018

FARGO, N.D. — Medical marijuana is coming to more states, including North Dakota, but a new study says ads could lead to teens using it for other reasons. North Dakota Department of Health staff say rules were drafted for their medical marijuana program, effective April 1st of 2018. They were aware of potential concerns and risks due to advertising and…

Ronald McDonald House Unveils New Building in Fargo

The new space can hold up to 17 families

FARGO, N.D. — Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley has a new house in town and they showed it off during an open house. The new house is  located near the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Staff from the Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley says before this afternoon, they would have to turn some families…

Community Rallies Behind One Man’s Road to Recovery

Family wants people to know not to drink and drive

FARGO, N.D. — People in the community are rallying behind one man as he goes through the road to recovery. Four months ago, Josh Jensen was drinking and got behind the wheel. He fell asleep and kept going straight when the road curved. “Drinking and driving is a bad thing. I want people to know that. Also, seatbelts save lives. It…