Five-story building on Sanford Health campus will focus on digestive health services

Sanford Health will add a 237,000-square-foot building to the main medical campus in Sioux Falls. The new Medical Building 1 will be five stories tall.

Sanford Health will add a 237,000-square-foot building to the main medical campus in Sioux Falls for digestive health services along with a three-year fellowship. The building will be open by 2024, the health organization announced Monday.

The new Medical Building 1 will be five stories, with the top floor designated to the Sanford Digestive Health Center. The 45,000-square foot top floor will include digestive health services, which includes both procedural suites and clinic space as well as a quality education and training area for GI fellows and training physicians, including the only GI fellowship program in North and South Dakota.

The first four floors will be designated for parking, with 500 spots available for patients, Sanford Health officials announced.

This new building, which doesn’t have a name yet, will be located on the south side of Sanford’s main campus near the former Medical Building 1 that was demolished in 2018. Construction will be complete by the end of 2023 with a goal of opening the spring of 2024.

More than 20 GI providers will work in the new building that will include 10 GI procedure suites, 40 pre-procedure suites, recovery rooms, and physician offices.  

“Being able to focus on the mission of caring for patients while preparing our future GI specialists all under one roof will create a full circle training moment that will be invaluable to the Sanford family and our community,” said Dr. Jeff Murray, gastroenterologist at Sanford Health

The Sanford Medical Education GI Fellowship Program is a three-year program that is done after a medical resident finishes their Internal Medicine residency. The space created for this program will include a dedicated workspace for students as well as an endoscopic simulation space for trainees to learn endoscopic techniques. This Fellowship Program is made possible by a recent $300 million donation from T. Denny Sanford, the health organization said.