- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - One of the largest private construction projects in the Dakotas is open for business.

Sanford Health has opened a $494 million hospital in Fargo. Sanford Medical Center in North Dakota’s largest city has 284 beds, 28 operating rooms and 51 emergency bays.

The new 1 million-square-foot hospital is North Dakota’s largest medical center and includes an adult and pediatric trauma center, birth center and Children’s Hospital. The facility opened Tuesday after five years of construction.

Sanford’s downtown surgery center, Roger Maris Cancer Center and other clinics across the metro area will stay open.

Sanford Health is based in Fargo and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation, with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries.

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