The school’s new name will be Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions in honor of Theodore Heimarck, founder of the program, and Sanford Health’s support for Concordia education in health professions.
Sanford donated its clinic building and the surrounding land at 1201 Eighth St. E. to house the school.
The clinic is associated with the Moorhead Sanford campus at 4000 28th Ave. S. amalgamated near Interstate 94 in the southeast of the city, according to Sanford spokesman Darren Huber.
Concordia will start renovating the building adjacent to the south side of the campus from 2022.
“Sanford’s deep commitment to health care education and the work of Concordia continues to be groundbreaking in our region,” Concordia President William Craft said in a statement.
He said Sanford’s gift will be used to create new educational opportunities, including a simulation room for nursing education and a human performance laboratory.
“We are at an important crossroads in our ability to meet workforce challenges,” said Bryan Nermoe, President and CEO of Sanford Fargo. “It is for this reason that Sanford has always invested in Concordia College and will continue to do so in the future. Over the next 10 years, our continued support will expand Concordia’s health careers programs to meet the growing need for health workers in our region and to improve the health and quality of life for all of us and our loved ones. “
Susan Larson, principal and dean of the college, said the expanding health professions school “will train health care leaders for the future to be committed to the health and wellbeing of others.”
Over the past few decades, she said, Concordia has developed partnerships with healthcare providers in the area. For example, Sanford offered the program’s students training opportunities in their clinics and hospitals.
Heimarck, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, joined Concordia in 1961 when then-President Joseph Knutson recruited him to teach economics and business administration. Heimarck founded the Health Administration Program in 1966 and ran it for three decades until he retired in 1998.
“Ted Heimarck has created a future-oriented educational legacy,” said Craft. “This Concordia-Sanford partnership and this historic gift will build on Ted’s groundbreaking creativity.”
The renovated building is named Heimarck Center.
The courses of study in the Heilberufsschule are Clinical Laboratory Science, Exercise Science, Food / Nutrition / Dietetics, Health Administration, Health Financial Management, Nursing Administration, Nursing and Social Work.
There is also a pre-employment counseling program for sports training, chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, medical assistant and veterinary medicine.