MeritCare A Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network
There are 570 IHNs in the United States. IHNs, like MeritCare, are clinic and hospital organizations who have integrated into one system. Health systems that are successfully integrated and well managed see efficiencies in operations, cost-control opportunities, and an increased ability to reach a larger population with their services as a result of integration.
Verispan, a Newtown, Pennsylvania-based healthcare information and marketing company, initiated the survey in 1997. The top 100 IHNs are chosen according to criteria that includes the level of technology integration, hospital utilization, financial stability, services and access, contracts, physicians, overall system integration and outpatient utilization. MeritCare was named to the Top 100 List in 2000 - 2003, 2007, and 2008; MeritCare did not complete the survey in 2005 and 2006. For a complete list of the Top 100 IHNs for 2008, visit verispan.com.
MeritCare Health System is a not-for-profit, integrated hospital and clinic system with headquarters in Fargo, N.D. MeritCare was founded in 1908 as St. Luke's Hospital. As we celebrate our centennial, MeritCare is comprised of a 583-bed hospital in two locations in Fargo, a 25 bed hospital in Thief River Falls, 429 physicians, 182 physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and a network of 29 regional clinics in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.