Sanford Health a leader in stem cell therapies will be expanding its presence in international health care by extending services to seven countries including South Africa.
Other countries include New Zealand, Ireland, Vietnam and Costa Rica and increase its presence in China and Ghana. This expansion follows last year’s acquisition of a minority stake in ISAR Klinikum, a hospital leader in stem cell therapies, located in Munich, Germany.
“With these partnerships, we are creating unique opportunities for shared learning,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “This is not something we are pursuing for financial gain, but we believe this type of collaboration will help further our mission of health and healing.”
Each partnership is unique in terms of scope of service and type of agreement. The focus of the collaborations range from primary and pediatric care to research and health system operations.
“We want to go where we can be impactful and create partnerships that will stand the test of time,” said Dan Blue, M.D., executive vice president of Sanford World Clinic. “We have outstanding partners in each of these countries who share a common goal – to advance health care around the world.”
Sanford World Clinic is supporting the ongoing development of clinical research and educational programs in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders at Stellenbosch University and in partnership with a series of collaborators.
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition.
Recognized as a leading research-intensive university on the African continent, Stellenbosch University will in 2018 celebrate 100 years of learning, growing and moving forward. Its Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is internationally acclaimed for its cutting-edge research and its dedication to advancing health and equality in South Africa and beyond.
Located on the University’s Tygerberg Campus, the Faculty houses 4,500 students and includes 1,600 staff members offering more than 80 masters, doctoral and postgraduate diploma programs. The Faculty actively promotes an institutional culture that welcomes, develops and supports a diversity of students and staff. It encourages adaptability and innovation to address complex health care challenges, and to ensure institutional and global sustainability and relevance.