Sanford Health upgrading Vermillion hospital

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Dakotas-based Sanford Health is embarking on an $11 million upgrade of its Vermillion hospital that will tear down the 1935-era building and replace it with a new outpatient center.

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center chief executive Tim Tracy tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1flHHzc ) that new facilities will be built for physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and laboratory radiology.

Sanford will be taking ownership of the hospital four blocks southeast of the University of South Dakota campus after several years of leasing.

The building to be demolished mostly is vacant. The project retains the 25-bed acute-care hospital that opened in 1992.

The Vermillion medical center is one of 39 hospitals in the Sioux Falls-based Sanford system, which also includes clinics in 126 cities in nine states.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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