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Sanford Health announces deal for clinic in China

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health announced Sunday it will work with a state-owned health care system in China to develop a children's clinic in a rapidly growing part of that country.

Sanford Health officials traveled to China last week to firm up plans for the clinic.

Sanford officials said they will collaborate with YMCI Calmette Medical Investment and Management Co. Ltd, a state-owned company of the Yunnan provincial government.

YMCI Calmette will own the clinic, and Sanford World Clinic will manage day-to-day operations and provide medical services.

The two-story, 18,000-square-foot Sanford World Clinic will be located in Kunming, a city of more than 6 million that is growing rapidly and needs primary care for children, officials said.

The expansion into China stems from Sanford's goal to expand health care services to areas of need, particularly for children, said Dave Link, Sanford's senior executive vice president.

"This clinic also allows us to better understand how health care is delivered and financed around the world," Link said in a written statement. "We are confident that we can assist YMCI Calmette achieve its mission to deliver the best care in the region, and we look forward to this collaboration."

Sanford in the past four years has opened children's clinics in Oklahoma, California and Oregon, along with regular clinics in the African nation of Ghana.

Sanford, based in Sioux Falls and Fargo, bills itself as the nation's largest not-for-profit rural health care provider, with locations in 126 communities in nine states. It has been expanding its presence around the globe, and also is pursuing clinics in Israel and Mexico.