giving for good bismarck

In partnership with supporters across the Bismarck region, we are fueling leading-edge technology, enhancing care and accelerating new breakthroughs. Along with patient programs and facilities like our NICU, our Look Good Feel Better Program, and the Sanford Cancer Center in Bismarck, we’re also looking after our own with initiatives like the “Zen Den,” the Medical Center’s new wellness room.


Last year, we put $747,000 in philanthropic gifts to work across the Bismarck region. Read more in the 2023 annual report.


Local Priorities

Philanthropy is an integral part of the care provided at Sanford Health. The Sanford Health Foundation in the Bismarck region plays a crucial role in supporting specific programming for patients and staff, upgrading essential equipment, and funding special projects tailored to meet the needs of our communities.

For Children

The Sanford Children’s Hospital Bismarck supports local infants, kids and teens everyday through Child Life services to help kids cope with the fear and uncertainties of hospitalization, financial assistance to help families with costs not covered by insurance, lifesaving pediatric equipment like ventilators and monitors, and so much more.

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For Pediatric Behavioral Health

We support children affected by mental illness by developing school-based curriculum and expanding behavioral health clinician support in schools, like this program at Simle Middle School, funding scholarships, internships and sponsorship opportunities in high-demand fields including social work and counseling, and so much more.

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For Cancer

This year, hundreds of local patients count on the Sanford Cancer Center in Bismarck. Through philanthropy, we provide travel assistance for qualifying patients who drive significant distances for care, offer complimentary wigs and head coverings, upgrade equipment to offer access to lifesaving MRIs and 3D mammograms, and so much more.

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Dr. Todd Schaffer

Leadership Connection

A monthly Bismarck region update from Todd Schaffer, MD, president & CEO of Sanford Bismarck.

June 27th, 2024


To say that Sanford Bismarck is a busy place is an understatement. While you may not see it unless you experience it as a patient, a number of exciting construction projects are in motion, ensuring access to care when you or a loved one need it most:

  • 8 patient care bays were added in the Emergency Department
  • 36 additional inpatient hospital beds are expected to be complete early next year.
  • Construction is progressing on the Sanford Southridge Clinic that will provide urgent care and walk-in clinic services.
  • Construction to expand the Outpatient Surgery Center located on 7th Street & Broadway Avenue is expected to begin in June.
  • Acquisition of Great Plains Women’s Health Center in Williston to establish an initial clinical presence in the area while plans are developed for additional services and facilities in the area.

In May we celebrated Nurse’s Week and Health Care Week. I could not be prouder to be a part of this amazing team who strive every day to provide world-class care close to home. Sanford Bismarck is a special place because of our staff and the community we serve.


With gratitude,

Todd Schaffer, MD

Bismarck’s Signature Events

Below are a few of the signature events we host in the Bismarck region. To see more events in Bismarck, visit our calendar.

Get Involved through Fundraising

At Sanford Health, our doctors, researchers and caregivers are working to bring health, hope and healing to more than 1.2 million people across the Upper Midwest. With you on our team, we can accelerate our race to uncover new breakthroughs, develop new treatments and create meaningful programs that support patients and their families.


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Bismarck Team

Deb Koski

Chief Philanthropy Officer, CFRE

Sara Haugen

Vice President – Bismarck

Jenna Moran

Senior Development Specialist – Bismarck

Kortney Moore

Development Officer – Bismarck

Bismarck Board Members


Kevin Magstadt

Adolfson & Peterson Construction – Director Business Development II

Vice Chair

Nick Hillman

Sanford Health – Manager Quality & Safety

Secretary / Treasurer

Dustin Hollevoet

Hollevoet & Welk Orthodontics – Orthodontist

Treva Beard

Gold Buckle Tack/Beard Arena – Co-owner ND information Technology

Taylor Daniel

Daniel Companies – Commercial Realtor

Cory McLindsay

Venture Real Estate – Realtor

Todd Schaffer, MD

Sanford Health – President

Cindy Steiner

Bravera Bank – Trust Officer

Chris Rivinius

Stifel – Financial Advisor

Doug Zinke

Starion Bank – Market Manager, SVP

Andy Buntrock

Basin Electric Power Cooperative – VP of Strategic Planning & Communications

Tracy Kindem

H.A. Thompson & Sons – Managing Partner

Peggy Link

MDU Resources – Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Gretchen Stenehjem

First International Bank and Trust – Marketing Officer