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Aug. 19, 2013
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Sanford Health launches Same Day appointments
Same Day appointments for Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN and Internal Medicine

(Bismarck, ND)—Sanford Health is breaking barriers when it comes to patient care. People are driven by busy schedules, and when illness or injury strikes, they want to be seen as quickly as possible.

Sanford is meeting that need with Same Day at Sanford. The service was created to increase patient access for primary care needs the very same day.

“This is an exciting day for patients in central and western North Dakota,” said Kent Martin, MD, senior executive vice president for clinics in the western region of Sanford Health. “We’re changing the way primary care will be delivered. Same Day at Sanford is another example of how Sanford Health is delivering on its promise to improve access to health care close to home.”

Sanford Health launched the service in Bismarck, Mandan and Dickinson today. The service is available in: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.

The process is simple. Patients can schedule an appointment through Same Day at Sanford by calling their primary care clinic or the Same Day phone line at (855) SAME-DAY. When patients call the Same Day phone line, a receptionist will schedule them with the appropriate clinic so they can be seen as quickly as possible.

“Our patients have been asking for this, and we’re responding,” said Dan Blue, MD, president of Sanford Clinics. “Every effort will be made for patients to see their primary care physician. If that physician isn’t available, we will make arrangements for an appointment with a colleague at that local clinic or a nearby clinic if necessary.”

Same Day appointments will be treated the same as an office visit at the providing clinic. The appointments are available to patients regardless of insurance coverage.

To schedule an appointment, patients can call their local clinic or dial (855) SAME-DAY. Learn more about this unprecedented service at

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China.

Sanford Health includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly a billion dollars in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit
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