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Inside Business: Sanford Health Foundation

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When patients go in for an MRI or specialized test at the hospital, most probably don't think about how the equipment got there. The Sanford Health Foundation helps the hospital afford life-saving technology. 

Established more than 20 years ago, the Sanford Health Foundation works to promote patient programs and services. The foundation works with members of the community to use donations to enhance health care at the hospital.

"We really focus on four things," says Tom Petrik, Vice President of Development. "We focus on life saving equipment, that is a huge difference in which the donors make in the lives of our patients."

Donors made it possible for Sanford to purchase the Sofia Breast exam table, which is one of only fourteen in the nation. They also have a therapy tree that helps children with cerebral palsy and other related disabilities. Petrik says every donation counts.

"Every donor counts, every gift counts, every dollar does count," says Petrik.

Petrik says he is motivated in part by his own father, who was a community donor, as well as past community leaders, such as former mayor Evan Lips who was instrumental in founding the foundation back in the 1980s"

"He truly made a tremendous impact on patient lives because of his commitment, and he was a very strong fundraiser," Petrik says.

Currently, the foundation is conducting a Builders of Excellence Campaign, where they are match donor gifts up to $10 million. And they say they see an influx of donations during the holiday season.

"I think it's the North Dakotan heritage. I think it's who we are as North Dakotans, there's really a willingness to give back, and it's a very important time of the year for us."

Petrik says they have currently raised $4 million of the $20 million goal for their campaign, and says they have big plans in the future for the Bismarck-Mandan area.

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