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Patrick Springer, Published July 25 2012

Train concert for Sanford employees to mark groundbreaking of new medical center

FARGO – Sanford Health will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new medical center Tuesday with festivities that will include a concert by rock band Train.

A crowd of 15,000 employees, stakeholders and guests are expected for the groundbreaking Tuesday evening, which marks the beginning of infrastructure work on the $541 million center.

The groundbreaking is part of the annual “Sanford Week,” which starts Tuesday and concludes Saturday, with events in communities throughout the health system’s seven-state service area.

“This is a historic event; it’s one of the largest construction projects in the nation to break ground this year,” Andrew Richburg, a Sanford executive vice president, said in a statement.

Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford’s chief executive, and Dennis Millirons, president of Sanford’s Fargo medical center, will rally employees.

To mark the historic occasion, the groundbreaking will include performances by the North Dakota State University Drum Line, FM Acro team and the Nick Rallis Band, a regional act with members who grew up in Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D., Sanford’s dual corporate headquarters.

Events also will include a concert by the Grammy Award-winning band Train and a fireworks show.

Only Sanford employees, stakeholders or guests with tickets will be admitted to the Train concert, which is not open to the general public.

The San Francisco-based band is currently on a three-month, 50-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. The Sanford show comes between public concerts Sunday in St. Louis and Thursday in Lincoln, Neb.

Train first received wide notice in 1998 with “Meet Virginia,” a hit single off its self-titled debut. The band’s most popular song is “Hey, Soul Sister,” which was the top-selling song on iTunes in 2010. “California 37,” its most recent album, came out in April and included the single “Drive By.”

Sanford declined to provide the cost of the groundbreaking celebration, including the Train concert, but Richburg said in his statement to The Forum that the concert cost equated to about $20 per employee.

“Considering the large number of employees we are reaching and the impact we are having, the cost is incredibly affordable,” Richburg said.

The celebrations are dedicated to patients and intended to thank employees, and Sanford believes in honoring workers through “memorable celebrations,” Richburg said.

“It’s an opportunity to build camaraderie and thank team members and their families for their dedication to the Sanford mission,” he said.

Events also will include employee picnics Tuesday in Fargo, Sioux Falls, and Bemidji, Minn., and community appreciation events in those locations Wednesday.

The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Scientific Symposium will be held Thursday in Sioux Falls.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522