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Expanding Healthcare Faces Challenges

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North Dakota is changing rapidly and its healthcare system is no exception.
New buildings are being built to accommodate the increasing population.
But with this expansion, comes new challenges.
Ben Smith reports.

"The changes in Bismarck mandan have been something that have in the past few years have just taken off.  The small sleepy towns of Bismarck mandan are gone." says Dr. LCraig Lambrecht, President of Sanford Bismarck
The Oil boom has made it so many other industries are evolving.
"There is more need for patient healthcare facilities be in the clinic or the hospital"
"The traditional model of an in patient stay in a hospital is pretty much gone for health care"
More and more medical services and facilities are becoming available in Bismarck and across the state.  But with so many people moving to North Dakota, the healthcare industry is facing a new kind of challenge.
"I think there is a lot of confusion on what exchanges mean, what insurances are available in ND, where to go for services if you are in a network, out of a network.  "
"One of the biggest changes has been trying to get past medical information about the folks coming to us from other areas"
For over 30 years, Donna has been educating North Dakota about diabetes.
"A lot of them have been actually moving around quite a bit"
She sees people come from all over, and sometimes their medical records don't come with them.
"So we are often missing that past care piece.  And so its like starting from scratch helping them find the resources they need here in their own community,
The rapid growth in Bismarck is expected to last another decade but what does this mean for the medical world?
"I'm going to take a glimpse in the future of what people want, especially moving in.
People are going to want more outpatient services, need more outpatient services, there is going to be a focus on wellness and access to wellness programs" says Dr. Lambrecht
"We have to evolve just like ND is evolving'
Ben Smith, KXnews

One new service that Sanford health is providing is a mobile clinic that can bring healthcare to more rural areas of North Dakota.


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