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Published November 12, 2013, 10:11 PM

Sanford opens new clinic in Kunming, China

FARGO – A Sanford Health delegation will travel to China on Thursday to mark the opening of its first World Clinic there and to discuss expansion plans for future clinics.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO – A Sanford Health delegation will travel to China on Thursday to mark the opening of its first World Clinic there and to discuss expansion plans for future clinics.

Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford’s chief executive officer, and Lauris Molbert of Fargo, chairman of the board of trustees, will head the group, which also will include staff members.

The new clinic is in Kunming, the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in southwest China, with a population of 6 million.

“We’re trying to establish multiple clinics in China,” Krabbenhoft said Tuesday. “We hope it could be as many as 20.”

Sanford will not own the facilities but will work under management agreements, he said. The Chinese government has built a children’s hospital and clinic in Kunming that Sanford is managing.

The Sanford World Clinic initiative has multiple locations, including three in the United States, in Duncan, Okla., Oceanside, Calif., and Klamath Falls, Ore.

Four Sanford World Clinics are located in the African nation of Ghana, where a total of 10 clinics are expected and as of June more than 137,000 patients have been treated.

Future sites also are planned for Baja, Mexico, and Karmiel, Israel.

Sanford, based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D., is the largest not-for-profit rural health provider in the United States.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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