By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Dakotas-based Sanford Health has opened a children’s clinic in China.

Sanford is operating the clinic in the city of Kunming in collaboration with a state-owned health care system in China, YMCI Calmette Medical Investment & Management Co. Inc., which already operates a nonprofit hospital in the city. The two-story, 18,000-square-foot children’s clinic includes 14 exam rooms, six treatment rooms, an education and training room and office space. It will be staffed by up to 10 doctors.

Kunming has a population of more than 6 million people and needs more health care.

“This partnership and new clinic will greatly benefit thousands of children and families,” said Li Li, general manager of YMCI Calmette and president of its hospital.

Sanford, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota, bills itself as the United States’ largest not-for-profit rural health care system, with facilities in 126 communities in nine states. It also is developing clinics in Ghana and Mexico.

“This area of Kunming is a perfect fit for our International Clinics initiative,” said Jim Slack, vice president of Sanford International Clinics. “This partnership with YMCI Calmette, its work to build a state-of-the-art hospital and the growing population of Kunming all fit together with what we hope to accomplish.”

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