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Partner in Excellence
The Partner in Excellence Award recognizes a corporation or other organization that has provided outstanding and significant support to the university, including inspirational philanthropic giving.

Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, and a leader in health care in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Sanford’s mission, dedicated to the work of health and healing, emphasizes their commitment to the communities they serve, and to providing patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

Sanford’s vision, to improve the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery, comes to life through the philanthropy of Denny Sanford, the health system’s namesake, who has contributed nearly $1 billion in gifts over the past decade. His generosity has transformed how Sanford improves the human condition through several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases.

As a charitable not-for-profit health care organization, Sanford Health is committed to enhancing the quality of life and strengthening communities through various health, wellness and education initiatives, especially those oriented around youth and families. They realize that health and healing do not just occur in the exam room or operating room, they occur in the classroom, the boardroom, the practice field and at community events. As a community partner, Sanford actively supports initiatives in education, health and wellness and economic development.

Investments in education allow Sanford to develop its future workforce and recruit the best and brightest talent to work at their facilities. Sanford actively supports NDSU students, faculty, staff and programs by providing preceptors and clinical instructors, and offering clinical rotations, internships and hands-on learning experiences in their many state-of-the-art facilities. They also co-fund various NDSU clinical faculty positions, collaborate with faculty on research, participate in advisory boards, curriculum and admissions committees, and most importantly, recruit and hire hundreds of NDSU graduates each year. Sanford’s support and advancement of nursing and allied health education at NDSU is also evident in their contribution to the Sudro Hall fundraising campaign to expand and update this facility for 21st century learning and research.

University and school-sponsored athletics are a prime opportunity for Sanford Health to instill in our youth that sports activities are a fun way to keep active and healthy at any age. Athletics are also a strong economic driver for universities by generating revenue and promoting the institution to alumni, and current and prospective students, thereby strengthening the community. At NDSU, Sanford physicians are found on campus, in the locker room, at games and traveling with the teams to provide timely and consistent care for the athletes. From injury prevention and evaluation to surgery, rehab and more, the Sanford team works closely with NDSU sports medicine staff to insure the health of athletes and their safe return to competition.

Sanford also strives to create healthy communities through support and investment in economic development projects that create jobs and make communities attractive places to live. Ten years ago, Sanford pledged $10 million to renovate the Bison Sports Arena into a first class Division I facility for NDSU student athletes to train, learn and compete. Today, the Sanford Health Athletic Complex offers a state-of-the-art place for students to practice, compete and learn.

Together, Sanford and NDSU have a strong partnership and benefits both organizations, the community and the region.




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