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Sanford Health Overview

Sioux Falls, SD
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the ... Read more

Mission: Dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort.

Company Updates

  • Meet Kayla Johnson, who had a summer nursing internship and an extended internship with Sanford Health during college. Today, she works as a registered nurse at Sanford Health in Bemidji.

    Click below to learn more about the program as well as Kayla's experience.

    Nursing internship gives students an edge in first real job - Sanford Health News

    If you're a nursing student, you have a lot to think about. Beyond classes and clinicals, you're also pondering your future as a fully employed nurse. What kind of patients and co-workers will you have? What kind of department will you work in? Will you like it there?

  • "Your day is never the same, and there’s always the chance to learn something new, especially in a fast-paced environment like this.” - Nicole Nelson

    Nicole Nelson: 'Helping others is what motivates me'

    Nicole Nelson knows being a nurse isn't just a job. "You can't work in nursing just for a paycheck," she says. "You have to be compassionate when working with patients and residents." Nelson started in nursing when she was 16 years old as a certified nursing assistant in long-term care.

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Sanford Health – Why Work For Us?

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition.

Our Mission
Dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort.

Our Vision
Improving the human condition at every stage of life through exceptional care, spiritual enrichment, innovation and discovery.

Our Values
Demonstrating enthusiasm for those we serve, our vocation and the organization’s mission.

Having strength to persevere, innovate, use our voices and take action.

Celebrating the connection and commitment we have to each other through it all.

Providing care in a diverse range of settings and environments with a focus on the wellness of individuals.

Sharing God’s love through actions that reflect compassion, acceptance, love, humility and sincerity in keeping with the common Lutheran heritage of both organizations.

Adhering to systems that align actions to excellence, efficiency and purpose.

The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.

Our promise to patients and employess
Deliver a flawless experience that inspires.

Sanford Health Culture

Sanford Health is excited to be on a journey of tremendous growth and momentum. With our vast geography, cutting-edge medicine, sophisticated research, advanced education and our own health plan, we are unique in what we do and how we do it.

Through relationships built on trust and successful performance and a vision to improve the human condition, Sanford seeks to make a significant impact on health and healing. With a commitment to diversity and inclusion, our journey as an organization includes continually building on the diverse talents, experiences and beliefs of our employees, as well as the patients and communities we serve.

We are proud to be from the Midwest and to impact the world. We look forward to joining with you in the journey.

Compassionate Care

At Sanford Health, we are very proud of our exceptional and distinguished nursing staff and are excited to invite you to join our growing family. We hold ourselves to high standards and deliver compassionate care. As an integral part of Sanford Health System, our nurses are seen as equal players and collaborative partners, as they play an important part of planning the patient’s care and bringing them back to health.

Sanford Health employs more than 9,703 registered nurses who deliver care in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine. Our many Sanford Health Centers of Excellence include Sanford Cancer, Sanford Children’s, Sanford Heart, Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Sanford Women’s.

Magnet Recognized

Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD and Sanford Bismarck in Bismarck, ND have received Magnet designation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and this credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Research demonstrates that Magnet designation provides specific benefits such as improved patient outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, and higher job satisfaction among nurses.


Investing in our employees at Sanford Health goes well beyond just a paycheck and we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive, flexible benefits package for you and your family that meets your needs for today and into the future.

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing. We show that commitment not only to our patients – but also to our employees. Our mission, vision and values have helped define the benefits we offer.

We are committed to being the employer of choice throughout our expansive footprint. To view all of the different benefit options, retirement plans and additional benefits, visit

Called to Care

Sanford Health Physician Placement

Thank you for taking a look at Sanford Health. You will see we are one of the nation's top 50 integrated health care systems. Our legacy spans 100 years. The frontier spirit that is the backbone of this region is integral to our heritage and a key as we pioneer the future of health care. We are hard-working. We are practical. And we value family and community.

Our physicians and staff are recognized for the experience, innovation and leadership. Across our growing territory, physicians cherish aspects of life not always considered – easy commutes, wide open spaces, clean air, low crime rates, fabulous opportunities to pursue outdoor adventures, and great places to raise families.

See yourself here

Practicing medicine at Sanford Health means having the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of your patients and the community in which you live. Build your practice here and plan on moving forward while making life better for those who follow.

Being a part of Sanford Health means being a part of a premier research institution thanks to a $400 million gift from Denny Sanford.

We are also a complex teaching hospital passionate about the advancement of future doctors and other health care professionals. We currently have 3-thousand residents pioneering the future of health care with us.

Sanford Health at a glance

Sanford Health has a presence in 112 communities in eight different states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, California and Oregon).

Across this vast health care network, we are committed to foundational services, integrated departments, exceptional patient experiences, transformative research and a comprehensive health insurance plan.

As we strive to bring pediatric care close to home, we are reaching around the globe with Sanford Children's Clinics planned for Mexico and Ghana. Learn more about Sanford Health.

Welcome Students

Sanford Health offers both clinical and non-clinical internships throughout the year, providing mentoring, professional development and growth opportunities to students interested in a variety of health care careers. As the largest employer in the Dakotas, and one of the largest health care systems in the nation, we offer exciting opportunities to gain real world experience and build useful skills to prepare you for the future.

As a Sanford Intern, you'll have the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world on-the-job training with some of the best professionals in the industry. You'll network, gain insight into the field of your choice and experience what it is to work in a health care career.

Visit to learn about Internship Opportunities.

Rooted in the Upper Midwest

Sanford Health includes 44 hospitals, 482 clinics and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries – and employs nearly 50,000 individuals.

Sanford is integrated in many of the communities it serves across its expansive footprint of more than 250,000 square miles. Sanford's employees are critical in making the connections between patients, residents and clients with family members, referral sources and community leaders. Our strong community involvement deepens the roots we have in each region and location while fostering Sanford Health as the preferred provider.

Click on the map below to find a job opportunity near you. The numbers on the map represent the open positions in that location. To view a complete listing of Sanford Health facilities, visit

Sanford Health Reviews

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    I have been working at Sanford Health part-time


    You feel like you’re part of a bigger family


    There aren’t many, I like them a lot

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Sanford Health Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    NICU RN Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Sanford Health (Fargo, ND) in March 2018.


    Online application with an in person interview with the unit manager. The manager greeted me in the lobby and gave me a brief tour of the main hospital areas. Then we went to her office and she asked me questions while looking over my resume. Once the interview was over she gave me a tour of the unit and introduced me to a few nurses. A charge nurse gave me a tour of the unit and answered my questions. Then I was walked down to the lobby after the interview. Within four days I was contacted by HR and offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you experienced conflict with a co-worker and how you handled it   Answer Question
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Sanford Health Awards & Accolades

  • Magnet Recognition, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, 2018, 2018
  • Verified Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, American College of Surgeons, 2018
  • Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals in America, Becker's Hospital Review, 2018
  • Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), National Rural Health Association, 2018
  • Pontifical Key Innovation Award, Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and Stem for Life Foundation, 2016
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