Sanford Health Equip to provide medical supplies to Detroit Lakes – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES – Prosthetics, oxygen tanks, walkers and other medical accessories will be on full display as Sanford Health Equip opens in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday.

Their grand opening and ribbon cutting, scheduled for July 12 at 1 p.m., will usher in a new era of home medical care and assistance for patients throughout the Lakes Area who may have difficulty drive to Fargo or Alexandria for their medical supplies, Justine Behm said. , store manager for Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes.

“We really work to keep people mobile and in their homes, we want people to stay in their home as long as they can,” Behm said. “It’s going to really serve this community here in town, but also the Perham (and) Mahnomen area, we’re just going to be able to expand that service. And, it helps a lot of our other locations as well because Our bubbles meet and so we share some areas, and also give some of our other stores a break, which is good.”

Their certified prosthetist/orthotist, a medical technician who molds and fits medical braces and prostheses, will be in Detroit Lakes every Thursday to see patients in person, she said. That technician, Behm added, will move between the Alexandria, Perham and Detroit Lakes locations during the week, but regular rigging can be done anytime with their staff.

Medical Accessories on display at Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes on July 7, 2022. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the medical accessories store will take place on July 12 at 1:00 p.m.

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“I’m just focusing on training the staff so they’re able to function,” Behm said. “We’re actually hiring for another sales rep.”

Anyone interested in applying for the open position should check Sanford Health’s online job portal.

She also said some of the store’s items, like oxygen supplies and C-Pap machines, will still require a prescription, but the store accepts all major types of health insurance and you don’t need to be a member of Sanford Health to get accessories from the store.

“If it’s an item covered by insurance, you need to have that prescription to make sure we can deliver to insurance,” Behm said. “But a lot of things that are on the floor, like walkers, wheelchairs, those lift chairs, you can just walk in and buy them.”

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Medical Accessories on display at Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes on July 7, 2022. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the medical accessories store will take place on July 12 at 1:00 p.m.

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Bath Accessories on display at Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes on July 7, 2022. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the medical accessories store will be held on July 12 at 1:00 p.m.

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Other items that will also be sold in the store are:

  • breast pumps
  • feeding pumps
  • suction machine
  • mobility scooters
  • wheelchair
  • walkers and canes
  • chaise lounges and medical beds with elevator assistance
  • compression garment
  • bathroom accessories

The new Detroit Lakes location will be a prototype store for Sanford Health, said Kirsten Schaffer, director of business development and strategy. The new store is the first built from the ground up under the new Sanford Health Equip brand, she added.
“I’ve been working on this since the beginning of 2021,” Schaffer said. “We committed to what means the most to us, and that’s our patients.”

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Kirsten Schaffer, director of business development and strategy for Sanford Health, engages a locking device on a walker at Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes on July 7, 2022.

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She also said Sanford Health Equip’s goal is to create the best possible patient experience from the moment they walk in the door, to training with the accessory and being available for follow-up if that patient has questions.

“I certainly hope it’s busy,” Behm said. “I’m just going to go with the flow. Whoever comes in, we’re just going to help them.”

No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome, she said.

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