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Sanford Health announces $125 million genomic initiative

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Sanford Health announced Tuesday morning Denny Sanford will gift the organization $125 million to establish Sanford Imagenetics, a first-of-its-kind program in the country that integrates genomic medicine into primary care for adults.

"Mr. Sanford's generosity to this organization is humbling," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. "Including this $125 million gift, Denny has given Sanford Health nearly a billion dollars. It's an incredible honor as well as a tremendous responsibility."

Sanford Imagenetics will offer patients the opportunity to undergo precise genetic testing and genetic counseling which will provide internal medicine physicians with unprecedented patient-specific information.

Sanford Health says arming doctors with their patients' genetic information will improve their ability to prescribe the right medication, appropriate dose or most effective treatment with drugs such as statins and blood thinners.

"Most physicians can only dream of what it would be like to practice not only on the cutting edge of medical advancement but also work to fundamentally change how patients are treated. The creation of this environment does not occur spontaneously. It requires great leadership and generosity at a level not previously seen," said Eric Larson, MD, board-certified internal medicine physician with Sanford Health.

"Thanks to Mr. Sanford's continued generosity, Sanford Health will take a national lead role in using existing genetic markers and incorporating future discoveries for internists to individualize care for patients with cancer, diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and other conditions," said Dan Blue, MD, president Sanford Clinic.

Learn more at sanfordhealth.org/imagenetics.

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