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Continued: Sanford Health invests big in genetic testing

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 7, 2014 - 9:43 PM

“This technology and the information from your DNA can help really guide better decisions on what we prescribe and what to expect from these medications,” Blue said.

In addition to improving clinical care, Sanford’s new program, named Sanford Imagenetics, aims to improve the understanding and reliability of genetic tests.

The health care system also is working with Augustana College and the University of South Dakota to expand training programs for doctors, nurses, researchers in genomic medicine.

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

  • at a glance

    • Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., is the nation’s largest nonprofit rural health care system, with 2012 revenues of $3 billion.

    • It operates 39 hospitals and 140 clinics in nine states, but it is concentrated in the Dakotas and western Minnesota.

    T. Denny Sanford’s major gifts to Sanford Health:

    2007: $400 million – Transformational Gift (Sioux Valley Health becomes Sanford Health)

    2007: $20 million – Sanford Children’s Health Research Center/Burnham Institute for Medical Research

    2011: $100 million – Edith Sanford Cancer Research Initiative

    2014: $125 million – Sanford Imagenetics

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