Sanford Health finalizing clinics in Ghana

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Efforts by Sanford Health to open a series of medical clinics in the African nation of Ghana are proceeding without the help of billionaire Bill Gates.

The health network based in the Dakotas had been talking with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about a joint venture. Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft led a delegation to Seattle earlier this year to meet with the Microsoft founder.

Gates and his foundation have a plan to improve vaccination rates in poor countries. Sanford marketing official Andrew Richburg tells the Argus Leader that the foundation "is not about the permanent health care structure."

Sanford Senior Executive Vice President Dave Link is in Ghana this week to finalize details of the clinics.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com