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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…

A New Era: Sanford Health Building New Clinic in West Fargo

The new two-story facility will be completed this fall

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health has been helping patients at their clinic on the corner of Sheyenne Street and 13th Avenue for more than four decades, but doctors say the smaller building makes it harder to accommodate a growing community. “We know that with the city expanding and all the growth in this area that we needed to expand our…

Federal Law Requires Hospitals to Post Prices Online

The Department of Health and Human Services enforced the law as of Jan. 1 to "promote transparency" between hospitals and their consumers

FARGO, N.D. — The Department of Health and Human Services started enforcing a federal law on January 1 in order to reduce the “challenges that exist for patients due to insufficient price transparency.” While it may be promoting that hospitals be more clear with patients about pricing, it’s also creating some confusion on both ends. “It’s very nondescript as far as…

Doctors Seeing More Patients for Slips and Falls This Winter

Injuries to hips, elbows, knees, and hips are the most frequent

FARGO, N.D. — Doctors across the metro are seeing more cases of injuries from slips and falls on the ice. Sharilyn Althoff and her team at Eventide have had their hands full with victims of slips and falls. “We’ve seen an increase in falls in the community and a lot of people that have needed to come and rehab, so people…

Sanford Employees Spread Holiday Cheer By Donating Blood

Vitalant ran the annual blood drive

FARGO, N.D. — With the holiday season in full swing, Sanford Health employees are giving back by donating blood during the KVRR and Vitalant Holiday Blood Drive. Several nurses and staff members lined up to support others needing blood across the metro. Bonnie Olson, a nurse at the new Sanford Medical Center, says giving blood falls right in line with her…

Sanford Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer to Cancer Patients With Christmas Carols

More than 80 people volunteered to sing this year

FARGO, N.D. — Patients get a special, holiday surprise from employees at Sanford’s Roger Maris Cancer Center. Sanford’s employee choir spent the morning trying to brighten some patient’s day with plenty of Christmas carols. Patients can spend hours getting their chemo treatments at the hospital, which is why they say Christmas songs are great way to help the time fly by….