Vatican City — A large regional healthcare provider has received a global award from the Vatican.
Sanford Health officials say that because of their determination to impact health on a global level the Vatican invited them to present on their work at the Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact this past week in Vatican City.
Sanford officials say they were humbled to be awarded the Pontifical Key Innovation Award. They say the award recognizes game-changing medical innovation exemplified by transformative thinking, creativity and ingenuity used to deliver the highest quality of medical care. Sanford employees were recognized for strides made in children’s health, cancer, type 1 diabetes, genetics and genomics, and biobanking for research and clinical purposes. Sanford officials say these strides would not have been possible without the generosity of philanthropist Denny Sanford.
They say Sanford is a driving force in the endeavors of adult stem cells, immunotherapy and genomic medicine. They say they are on the verge of breakthroughs in cancer, the regeneration of cells, advanced genetic therapy, pharmacogenetics and device design.
In our area Sanford has clinics in Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids and Sanborn as well as hospitals in Orange City, Rock Rapids, and Sheldon, and several other specialty services. They have about 280 locations in eight states and three foreign countries.