Hoeven Helps Advance Efforts for New Sanford Hospital and Clinic at Former Sloulin Field Airport

WILLISTON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today met with Williston Mayor Howard Klug and Dr. Michael LeBeau, President and CEO of Sanford Health’s Bismarck region, and other officials to discuss the redevelopment of Williston Square, the former Sloulin Field International Airport property. As a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured more than $114 million in federal funding to relocate and build the new Williston Basin International Airport, which opened in October 2019. Since then, city officials have been working to repurpose the former airport property, which lies in a central part of the city, with Sanford recently announcing its intention to build a new clinic and hospital at the site.

 “Central to any vibrant community is a strong local economy and essential services, including health care,” said Hoeven. “With the opening of the Williston Basin International Airport in a new location, it’s important that the Sloulin Field property is repurposed to best address the needs of the community. As the region continues to grow and develop, this new hospital and clinic will help ensure individuals in the region won’t have to travel long distances to receive health care.”   

The leaders discussed the project and outlined efforts to construct the new $150 million clinic and hospital. The City of Williston and Sanford aim to have an agreement completed by August 31, with construction beginning late this year or early next spring and concluding as soon as 2024. The new Sanford facility will be part of a larger, 800-acre urban development of the old airport, which will include a new civic center, hotel, retail stores, various restaurants and additional outdoor gathering features including an amphitheater and skating pavilion.