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Sanford hosts “backwards” trick or treating for sick kids

The staff dressed up in their favorite costumes to bring candy to Children's Hospital

FARGO, N.D. — Superheroes, dinosaurs and even infamous board game characters come out to play at Sanford Children’s Hospital. The staff dressed up in their favorite costumes to bring trick or treating to sick kids who had to stay inside for the holiday. Sanford calls it “Backwards Trick or Treating.” It gives children like Kendra Murinzi, who’s in the hospital…

It’s not just about tricks or treats, Sanford Health gives tips on staying healthy & safe

FARGO, N.D. – The most exciting day of fall for kids everywhere is fast approaching, and for parents, it can be a stressful day for many reasons, including health and safety. Nationally, children are twice as likely to be killed on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year. It’s a harrowing statistic, but Sanford Health says that…

Sanford Unveils New Clinic in West Fargo

It will be back open tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Sanford opens a brand new clinic next to where its old location once stood on Sheyenne in West Fargo. Four physicians opened the old clinic in 1969. Fifty years later, Sanford’s executive director of women’s and primary care says she’s hoping the new clinic will continue a legacy of serving the needs of patients in the…

Sanford’s Second Annual “Dancing with the Doctors” Jives Into Action Sept. 5th

Doors open at the fargo theatre at 6:00 p.m.

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford physicians will soon put on their best jazz, hip hop, country and ballet dance moves. Twenty–one doctors will lace up their dancing shoes for Sanford’s second annual “Dancing with the Doctors” competition. It’ll be at Fargo Theatre on September 5th. Doors will open at 6:00. All proceeds raised from this year’s dance competition will go to…

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,…

Sanford Health To Temporarily Stop Using Devices From One Of Its Surgeons

Sanford leaders say the suspension of the devices will remain until legal issues are resolved

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Sanford Health in Sioux Falls will stop using some medical devices manufactured by one of its surgeons as a federal investigation into their use is underway. Sanford’s neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora owns a company that sells devices used in spine surgeries. Two Sanford doctors in 2016 filed a lawsuit accusing Asfora of illegally profiting by using those…

“I’m having fun”: 92-Year-Old Fargo Veteran Refuses to Retire

Bob Shirley started working as a greeter at Sanford Health two years ago

FARGO, N.D. — Love what you do and work becomes so much more than a chore. One Fargo man is not only living proof of that. Bob Shirley is not ready to leave anytime soon is creating such a lasting impact on all of those around him. When you look past the outside of Sanford’s downtown clinic, you sure do find…

Struggling Sleeper Finds Answers Through Sanford Sleep Study

Bob Nelson stopped breathing 38 times an hour in his sleep before being diagnosed with sleep apnea

FARGO, N.D.– “From only sleeping 50 minutes a night, I mean I was so tired,” former Sanford Health sleep patient Bob Nelson said. Before his sleep disorder was diagnosed, Bob Nelson stopped breathing 38 times an hour in his sleep. Bob says he was sleeping less than one hour per night. “I mean I was so tired anytime I could…

Healthcare Industry Taking On Nursing Shortage Nationwide

This week is National Nurses Week

FARGO, N.D. — As we appreciate nurses for everything they do during National Nurses Week, there may be fewer of them working in our region. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing says nurses are the country’s largest healthcare profession with nearly four million registered nurses nationwide. “So when you have a shortage of nurses, that really affects access to care…

Sanford Physician Gives Tips for Staying Safe During Frigid Temperatures

With the coming temperatures, any exposed skin is at risk of frostbite

FARGO, N.D. – It’s a life or death situation if you’re not properly dressed during frigid winter temperatures. You could face frostbite in… “Less than five minutes, if their skin is uncovered,” Sanford Occupational Medicine Physician Dr. John Beauclair said. Dr. John Beauclair advises people to cover the crucial areas of your body when it’s this cold. “Make sure you…