Sanford Transplant Programs Nationally Recognized for Quality Outcomes

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Department of Health and Human Services honors programs in Fargo, Sioux Falls

While we’ve performed more than a thousand successful transplants at Sanford, we’re equally proud of the survival rates and quality outcomes we’ve experienced after transplants—both for donors and recipients.

The Sanford Health transplant programs in Fargo and Sioux Falls have earned recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for quality performance in transplant care.

HHS has awarded the Fargo and Sioux Falls programs with the Bronze Award for Transplant Programs and the Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations.

The Bronze Award for Transplant Programs, which was based on Sanford’s work with kidney transplants, considered factors to measure quality, including post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates on waitlist patients and pre-transplant mortality rates. This award positioned Sanford in the top 23 percent of transplant programs in the country. Additionally, Sanford medical centers in Fargo and Sioux Falls were the only transplant centers in the Dakotas to secure the honor.

The Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations is presented to organizations achieving and sustaining national goals for collaborative conversion of organ donations, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. Both Fargo and Sioux Falls transplant programs experience a donation rate of nearly 80 percent. This is the sixth time Sanford Fargo Medical Center was honored for organ donations and the fourth time Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls received this recognition.

“We strive for strong outcomes and first-rate, quality care,” said Thav Thambi, MD, transplant surgical director for Sanford in Sioux Falls. “While we’ve performed more than a thousand successful transplants at Sanford, we’re equally proud of the survival rates and quality outcomes we’ve experienced after transplants—both for donors and recipients.”

Sanford, which features four transplant surgeons with nearly 50 years of combined experience, has performed more than 1,000 solid organ transplants and nearly 1,000 kidney transplants system wide.

“Skilled and dedicated transplant experts allowed us to receive this recognition,” said Bhargav Mistry, MD, transplant director for Sanford in Fargo. “We use a comprehensive and experienced team of physicians and surgeons committed to providing the best possible care for our patients.”

Sanford uses advanced surgical techniques and medication to help shorten post-operative (recovery) times, reduce the risk of complications and offer a follow-up program after transplant surgery for patients and living donors. With a network of highly-trained specialists, Sanford can perform transplant surgeries immediately when needed at multiple locations across the Sanford footprint. Access to the Sanford transplant team is available near most patients throughout the region.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit


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