Sioux Falls, SD — The health system that runs the medical facilities in Sheldon, Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids, Sanborn, Sheldon, Spirit Lake, and many other area towns is talking merger yet again.
In July of 2012 they merged with Bismarck, North Dakota-based Medcenter One. Sanford merged with Fargo-based MeritCare in November, 2009.
Now Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are talking. No decisions have been made yet. The potential merger is raising serious questions, however in Minnesota. A series of public hearings is taking place.
The University of Minnesota Medical Center and clinics have been part of Fairview since 1997. However, Fairview doesn’t own the medical school or employ faculty. University officials are among those who are asking the most questions, as about 70 percent of Minnesota doctors are trained at the U of M.
Sanford is aligned with the University of South Dakota.