FARGO - Sanford Health is preparing to transfer its orthopedic walk-in clinic to its South University Medical Center as part of its plan to locate all orthopedic care there as part of an orthopedic and rehabilitation hospital.

Construction and renovation costs are expected to be $20 million to $25 million over the next 12 to 18 months, Sanford spokesman Darren Huber said Tuesday, June 4.

Between now and fall 2020, the first floor of the medical center at 1720 South University Drive will be remodeled to accommodate the needs of orthopedic urgent care and imaging, which will be transferred from Sanford’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building at 2301 25th St. S.

“We started this process a couple of years ago with relocating our foot and ankle clinic to this (south university) campus. And then building out a bioskills and cadaver lab that helps support our (orthopedic) residency program,” Darla Dobberstein, executive director of Orthopedics, Neuro and Surgical Services said Friday, May 31. “So this is just the next step towards us reaching our goal of creating a free-standing orthopedic and rehab hospital at our south university campus.”

She said the clinic will be more convenient for patients, and more efficient for the more than 40 physicians and clinicians in the Sanford system, while allowing for growth.

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Sanford now has 28 inpatient orthopedic beds, which won’t change, Dobberstein said.

“Orthopedics continually is shifting to more and more outpatient care and same-day care, so this will allow us to develop greater efficiencies by co-locating our clinics, and our surgery and our inpatient services all on one campus,” Dobberstein said.

Susan Jarvis, Sanford’s vice president for operations, said the accredited rehabilitation hospital on the South University campus has 27 beds. It also has a certified brain injury unit.

Jarvis said the orthopedics consolidation is a welcome move.

“I think orthopedic surgeons are very excited about this project. They’re really looking forward to being in one place for the majority of what they do. And I think it’s going to be great for the patients as well,” Jarvis said.

Once the orthopedic services have been moved out of the building on 25th Street South, Sanford will prepare to relocate the brain and spine center to that location.

“Brain and spine incorporates neurosurgery, neurology, neuropsychology, our chiropractors will be relocating there, our spine center,” Dobberstein said.

Sanford’s pain clinic is already on 25th Street South, having been moved there about a year ago, Dobberstein said.

The Brain and Spine Center is currently located near Island Park at 700 1st Ave. S. The Spine Clinic, at 2400 32nd Ave. S. next to Sanford’s Southpointe medical clinic, will also be moved to the 25th Street South location.

Jarvis said the moves are part of Sanford’s overall master facility plan, which got its start with the construction of the new Medical Center at 5225 23rd Ave. S.

“It’s a part of how we’re looking at everything overall to make sure we’re providing the most efficient and customer-, patient-friendly experience that we can,” Jarvis said.