Sakakawea Medical Center

History of Hazen Memorial Hospital Association

Historic photo of Sakakawea Medical Center

Caring for our community is a long-standing tradition at Sakakawea Medical Center (SMC). Ever since our founding more than 68 years ago, we have strived to care for all who need us and to bring health, healing and a better quality of life to our neighbors. SMC consists of a critical access hospital (licensed for 25 beds) and 34-bed licensed basic care facility. The medical center is a community-owned, not-for-profit organization with a charitable purpose; governed by a volunteer board of directors. Any money remaining after expenses have been paid is reinvested back into healthcare and stays in the community to purchase needed medical equipment and support health education and other community needs.

3D Rendering of the new facility under construction

SMC serves the communities, residents and visitors of Dunn, Mercer and Oliver Counties, and is located in the heart of rural Mercer County and housed in the City of Hazen.

Sakakawea Medical Center dates back to 1941. The original hospital consisted of about a dozen beds on the second floor of one of the original main street buildings. The hospital was a private undertaking by a Beulah woman who ran the facility for several years until Hazen’s plans for a new, modern hospital facility were well underway. Community effort continued to keep the hospital open for a time, but the hospital closed in 1946 due to difficulty finding competent personnel. Pursuant to an agreement with Lutheran Hospital and Homes Society for operation of a hospital, construction began on a new facility in 1946. The hospital, with 23 beds, opened in 1948. By the late 1960s, it was apparent that either major remodeling or a new facility was needed. With local donations and Hill-Burton federal funds, a 39-bed, 8-bassinet hospital was built at the east edge of Hazen, opening in 1970. The Hazen Memorial Hospital Association took over the hospital from Lutheran Hospitals Homes Society in 1969. In 1982, the hospital embarked on a $1.2 million expansion and renovation. The hospital changed its name to Sakakawea Medical Center in 1988. Senior Suites at Sakakawea (licensed basic care facility) was added to the hospital campus in 1997.

At the end of 2016, a new facility will open that will replace the existing medical center. The new medical center will house a health clinic attached within the hospital, an expanded emergency room and surgical area, handicapped-accessible patient rooms, a centralized registration area and centralized nurse’s station; and a myriad of other needed changes and technology updates. The new medical center will increase staff efficiency and accommodate changes underway in the delivery of healthcare as well as assisting healthcare providers to meet growing demands within the service area.

Board of Directors

Administrative Team Members

Sakakawea Medical Center's Annual Tax Return (IRS Form 990) for the previous fiscal year is available for review by request at the Business Office located at 510 8th Ave NE; Hazen, North Dakota. Please contact the Chief Financial Officer at 7017482225 for information.