August 22, 2011 — As part of a $100 million effort to find a cure for breast cancer, Sanford Health will build a new cancer center on the company's main hospital campus in Sioux Falls, S.D., and expand a cancer institute in Fargo, N.D., the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports (Walker, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 8/18).
The initiative is funded by retired banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford of Sioux Falls (AP/Connecticut Post, 8/18). The new facility will be named the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Center after his mother, who died of the disease.
The center will include a repository of thousands of women's blood samples. The samples will make up a database for researchers to study women's risk of developing the disease and determine treatment. Sanford intends the blood bank to include samples from women of all ages and medical histories.
According to Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, the first phase of construction will begin next year and cost about $18 million. The center likely will open in 2014, Krabbenhoft said (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 8/18).
Eugene Hoyme, a geneticist and president of research for Sanford, said of the initiative, "Our vision is to eradicate breast cancer through personalized medicine," adding, "With a comprehensive genetic picture, we will know more specifically what treatments will work with each woman, how to prevent disease on an individual basis and ultimately find a cure" (AP/Connecticut Post, 8/18).