Representatives from Sanford Health, the City of Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce participated in the groundbreaking ceremony on the south side of the Sanford USD Medical Center campus in Sioux Falls.
“We have a remarkable opportunity to combine our cutting-edge Imagenetics program and this state-of-the-art facility,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “We remain humbled and grateful for the generosity of Mr. Denny Sanford, including his $125 million gift to establish Sanford Imagenetics. The detailed and personalized care available at one location will accelerate the many benefits for our patients.”
When completed, the three-story building at 22nd Street and Grange Avenue will house a long list of services, including general internal medicine, medical genetics, genetic counseling, medical genetics laboratories (cytogenetics and molecular genetics), radiology and patient access management. The building will also have a new dialysis center.
“Sanford Health has recruited the best and brightest in the fields of internal medicine and genetics to support Sanford Imagenetics,” said Gene Hoyme, M.D., chief of genetics and genomic medicine at Sanford Health. “When completed this centralized location will be on the cutting edge of medical advancement and fundamentally advance how patients are treated.”
The Sioux Falls Imagenetics building is the first in the Sanford family. Construction is scheduled to be complete in summer 2017.
The Imagenetics facility will also contain teaching space for students in the newly formed genetic counseling graduate program created in partnership with Augustana University. It will also house the current internal medicine residents and future medical genetics residents from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
Imagenetics was established in 2014 thanks to a generous gift of $125 million from philanthropist Denny Sanford.