Sanford Health Plan finds 'perfect building' in Fargo

FARGO - The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.
The former Echelon Building seen March 23, 2015, near Interstates-29 and -94 in Fargo will hold office space for Sanford Health Plan. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
The former Echelon Building seen March 23, 2015, near Interstates-29 and -94 in Fargo will hold office space for Sanford Health Plan. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO – The Sanford Health Plan has secured office space here for staff to handle added volume, including members covered by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System.

Sanford announced Monday that it has space in the former Echelon building, located near the junction of Interstates 29 and 94.

The building, 1749 38th St. S., has 17,000 square feet and easy access, given its location and suitability, a Sanford executive said.

“It’s actually the perfect building,” said Ruth Krystopolski, president of Sanford Health Plan, based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sanford is hiring 80 staff members here and in Bismarck, with start dates running from March through June. The number is expected to reach 100, probably later this year, Krystopolski said.

More staff members will be located in Fargo than Bismarck, she said.

“The applicant pool is broader than in Bismarck,” and space is more readily available, Krystopolski said. Some applicants include people who have worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

“There will be a high-level person in Fargo,” Krystopolski said, adding there will be managerial positions in both Fargo and Bismarck.

Positions include case managers, claims analysts, auditors, quality specialists, wellness educators, account representatives, claims process and data entry.

“We know the economic impact these jobs bring is a great benefit for our communities,” Krystopolski said.

The Sanford Health Plan was chosen over Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota to provide health insurance for members of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System, effective July 1.

The Public Employees Retirement System includes 29,000 public employees, retirees and their families – for a total of 65,000 covered lives.

The Sanford Health Plan also was selected to cover Medicaid expansion in North Dakota, a bloc of about 20,000 people.

Altogether, the Sanford Health Plan will cover 110,000 or more people in North Dakota by this summer.

Those wanting to apply for an opening at the Sanford Health Plan can go online to careers.sanfordhealth.org. For more information, call (701) 234-7190 in Fargo or (701) 323-6126 in Bismarck.

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