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Flag Raised at Sanford Health To Mark Eye Donation Month

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Sanford Health holds a flag raising ceremony to kick off Eye Donation Month. Dakota Lions Sight and Health says cornea transplant surgery has the highest success rate of any other transplant surgeries. The demand also continues to grow across the country. Sanford has used these flag dedications to honor the sacrifice donor’s and their families have…

NDSU & Sanford Health honors Air Nat’l Guard member & nursing student with scholarship

FARGO, N.D (KVRR) – North Dakota State University and Sanford Health surprises an Air National Guard member and pre-nursing student with a $5,000 scholarship. The Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship is given to a veteran, Guard, Reserve or active duty service member who demonstrates leadership and commitment in their community. “I forgot that I even applied for it so…

Two-time breast cancer survivor urges people to get screenings

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A two-time cancer survivor is sharing her story this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marti Simmons was first diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2000. Nearly exactly 20 years later, she received her second diagnosis last November. The cancer returned in the same breast and this time, resulted in a mastectomy. “In the exact same breast. Who…

Sanford Health Encourages Annual Flu Shot

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Flu shot season is here and this year, Sanford Health says people are hesitating to get their shot. With some people already skeptical of COVID vaccines and the now readily available booster shot, there is concern that people will forgo their annual flu shot. Most of us are required to get vaccines each year to go…

Health officials urge flu shots as need to reduce hospitalizations continues

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — This flu season is expected to be worse than the unusually mild one we experienced last winter. Fewer people got the flu last winter because of COVID-19 prevention measures like wearing masks, social distancing, and traveling less. With many people back at work and school, this year will likely be different. “Get the COVID vaccine, get…

Sanford Health welcomes nurses as capacity nears

"We're anticipating that we'll need staff for high census all the way through the winters and so we're planning for that."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health is seeing facilities near capacity and with a shorthanded staff, the workload is beginning to take a toll. Local medical facilities continue to surge towards maximum capacity. 530 patients are being housed and treated. 38 of those are COVID related, 10 of those patients are in ICU and staff members are working overtime to…

“Significant” virtual Covid-19 briefing Friday involving health experts, Fargo & Cass County leaders

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The City of Fargo is hosting what it calls a significant virtual public briefing Friday, September 24th at noon urging people to do what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Sanford Health, Essentia Health, Fargo Cass Public Health, Fargo, West Fargo and county leaders will urge people to get vaccinated and wear masks…

Children under 12 could soon be eligible for Pfizer vaccine

"We're hoping in the latter parts of October the FDA will give its approval for use."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — With Pfizer announcing positive results on the effectiveness of their vaccine for five to 11-year-olds, it may not be long before that vaccine becomes readily available. With vaccines against COVID-19 being available to only those who are 12 years of age and older, kids who are under that age group could soon have protection against the…

Amid nursing shortage, Sanford Health’s resources stretched to capacity

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — COVID-19 cases in the region are surging during a critical shortage of nurses. Sanford Health Fargo’s vice president says the hospital is in crisis. Essentia Health’s resources are also being stretched to capacity. “The time is now to take some action,” said Sanford Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin on Tuesday. Griffin predicts Fargo is two to…

Sanford donating $350 million toward virtual care center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health says it is giving $350 million to a clinical initiative that aims to create a virtual care center to treat people in rural and underserved areas of the Midwest. The center will serve people from across Sanford Health’s network of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. It will also house innovation, education and research…