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Local input sought on proposed Sanford-Fairview merger

People who wish to speak at the meeting may sign up in advance.

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WORTHINGTON — A community meeting regarding the proposed merger between Sanford Health and Fairview Health Service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Worthington High School cafeteria.

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The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is seeking community input about the potential merger, and will use that input to evaluate the transaction under current laws and determine opportunities for changes or improvement to public policy, regulation or laws.

People who wish to speak at the meeting may sign up in advance at ag.state.mn.us/sanford-fairview/mtg/Worthington.asp . Public comment will begin around 6:30 p.m., and individuals are asked to keep their comments to two minutes in order to allow time for as many commenters as possible.

All viewpoints are welcome. Commenters are asked to keep comments respectful and constructive, with no personal attacks.

The deadline to pre-register is 9 a.m. Wednesday. There will also be an opportunity at the meeting to sign up to speak on a limited basis.

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In addition, public comments can be submitted at any time at ag.state.mn.us/sanford-fairview/form.asp .

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On Nov. 16, 2022, Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services announced they intended to merge in 2023, with the merged organization called Sanford Health and run by Sanford’s current CEO.

Sanford Health is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and has 47 medical centers with approximately 45,000 employees.

Fairview Health Services is based in Minneapolis and has about 31,000 employees. Fairview has 11 hospitals mostly in the Twin Cities, owns the University of Minnesota Medical Center and has a partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota Physicians Group. The partnership between the U of M and Fairview ends in 2026 with an option for a 10-year extension in 2023.

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