- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Dakotas-based Sanford Health is donating $1 million over the next decade to help fund a new hospital in the western North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City.

McKenzie County Healthcare Systems in June broke ground for a $60 million medical complex. It will replace the city’s decades-old hospital and include a new emergency room, clinic and nursing home under one roof.

The project is being funded several ways, including with sales tax revenue. McKenzie County and the energy company Oneok Partners each have also pledged $1 million.

Sanford Health and McKenzie County Healthcare Systems already partner in several areas including physicians and air ambulance services.

Sanford bills itself as the country’s largest not-for-profit rural health care system, with facilities in 126 communities in nine states.

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