Sanford Health Equip Will Provide Medical Supplies In 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 its doors in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday.

Their grand opening and ribbon cutting, scheduled for July 12 at 1:00 p.m., will usher in a new era of home and assisted living care for patients throughout the Lakes Region who may have difficulty driving to Fargo or Alexandria for their medical supplies, said Justin Behm, store manager for Sanford Health Equip in Detroit Lakes.

“We’re really working 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 really going to serve that community here in the city, 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 balloons meet and so we share some areas and also give some of our other stores a little relief, which is nice.”

Their board-certified prosthetist/orthodontist, 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 travel between the Alexandria, Peram and Detroit Lakes locations during the week, but regular installations can be done anytime with their staff.

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

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“I just focus on training the staff so they can work,” Behm said. “We’re actually hiring another sales rep.”

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

She also said some of the store’s items, such as 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 file insurance,” Behm said. “But a lot of things that are on the floor, like walkers, wheelchairs, these lift chairs, you can just walk in and buy them.”

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

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

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

  • breast milk pumps
  • feed pumps
  • suction machines
  • mobility scooters
  • wheelchairs
  • walkers and canes
  • sunbeds and medical beds with lifting assistance
  • compression clothing
  • items to help in the bathroom

The new Detroit Lakes location will be a prototype store for Sanford Health, said Kirsten Shaffer, 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 early 2021,” Shaffer said. “We have recommitted ourselves to what means the most to us, which is our patients.”

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Kirsten Shaffer, director of business development and strategy for Sanford Health, uses 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 really hope it’s busy,” Behm said. “I’ll just go with the flow. Whoever comes in, we’ll just help them.”

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

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