Sanford And Fairview Health Call Off Merger

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — A merger some called controversial is no longer happening. Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services have axed plans to merge after setting up the process in March.

That process had been delayed multiple times by Minnesota officials due to the magnitude of the merger.

In the end, a press release from Fairview says that stakeholders not supporting the decision was the defining factor. We are told Sanford was the first to request to cancel the merger process.

Sanford and Fairview have medical centers around the region, and some wondered how the merge would impact rural areas and smaller medical centers. In the long run, the plan did receive more support than a similar deal 10 years ago. That one was blocked by Minnesota legislators.

Bill Gassen President and CEO of Sanford Health says, “The significant benefits we identified for a combined system with Fairview Health Services compelled us to exhaust all potential pathways to completing our proposed merger. However, without support for this transaction from certain Minnesota stakeholders, we have determined it is in the best interest of Sanford Health to discontinue the merger process.”

Fairview Health is a Minneapolis-based non-profit academic health system.

In our area Sanford Health has clinics in Sheldon, Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids, and Sanborn. They also run the hospitals in Orange City and Sheldon, and several other specialty services. They have about 400 locations in the United States and several foreign countries.

(Courtesy Community First Broadcasting station KKOJ in Jackson, MN)

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