The Sanford Health Home Medical Equipment building, 2003-2011
Sanford Health is a non-profit, integrated health care delivery system, with headquarters based in Sioux Falls, and additional offices in Fargo, ND. It was formed in November 2009 with the merger of Sanford Health, based out of Sioux Falls, and MeritCare Health System, based out of Fargo. Composed of hospitals, clinics, long-term care, managed care, licensed practitioners, a health plan, a foundation, a clinical research center and seven basic research centers, Sanford Health's geographical reach covers over 60,000 square miles in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Sanford Health Home Medical Equipment is part of the Sanford Health Network, one of the five divisions of Sanford Health, and they have 14 Home Medical Equipment offices, including offices in Orange City, Sheldon and Spirit Lake.
Have Van, Will Travel -
The Sanford van will continue to deliver equipment to Cherokee after the Cherokee office's move to Orange City.
Sanford Health Home Equipment has also had a Cherokee office, located at 1509 N. 2nd Street (the former Hardee's Restaurant), since 2003, but a decision was made recently to close the Cherokee location on August 19th. According to Sanford employee Jessica Kannegieter, Sanford corporate management felt that it would be more economically efficient for them to merge the services provided at the Cherokee location with those provided at their Orange City location. Kannegieter said that she believes that Cherokee area consumers will still be able to get medical equipment, such as oxygen tanks and ventilators, from the Orange City office, and she also said that she thinks that deliveries to Cherokee area customers will "probably be twice a week." Kannegieter is not certain of all the future details, because she will no longer be working for the company.
The sign says it all -
This sign in the window of the Sanford Medical Equipment building in Cherokee tells the story. They will be leaving town on August 19.
Kannegieter had already planned to leave her employment at Sanford prior to last week's announcement, as she is planning on opening a new business in Aurelia, a coffee shop called Mud on Main. That establishment, which will serve coffee, muffins, and other special items, will be located in the south side of the former Back Bar/Studebaker's Restaurant building on South Main Street in Aurelia. The north half of the building will be the new location for a full service salon, New Reflections, which is owned and operated by Mary Schulenberg.
Remodeling of the building, which suffered extensive fire damage a few years ago, is going on at this time, and Kannegieter is hopeful that the businesses will be operational at that location in September. The "Mud" in the name of her business, by the way, refers to an old slang term for coffee.
The Chronicle Times will have more on these new Aurelia businesses as their opening day draws near.