Sanford health announced that it plans to build a $25 million heart and vascular center in Bemidji and will open in 2021. Since adding cardiology services to the Bemidji medical campus, a decade ago they have treated more patients in the region.
The Bemidji cardiology department has experienced a 20% growth year by year and reached its capacity in 2019. With heart disease related deaths having increased by 15% in the region.
Estimated to cost just over $25 million the new center will be built on the eastern side of the Sanford medical center with groundbreaking this spring and completion is expected in fall 2021.
Once finished the building will house cardiology, vascular, pulmonary and respiratory services. It will include 19 clinic rooms, 11 diagnostic imaging rooms, education rooms, a cardiovascular recovery unit, a family room and three cardiac catheterization labs with space for a fourth in the future.
The heart center expansion in Bemidji is just one of many new expansions. In 2013 the $9 million Sanford orthopedics and sports medicine opened, and in august 2018 the Joe Lueken cancer center opened, and just last year the Prime West residential support center for mental health patients and detox patients opened. Sanford is also working with Beltrami county to create a new mental health clinic with groundbreaking on the $3.6 million project for this spring.