Sanford and MeritCare to Host Joint News Conferences

Today the boards of trustees for MeritCare and Sanford Health agreed to a Letter of Intent. The media is invited to joint news conferences discussing the next steps in a potential merger between MeritCare and Sanford Health.

Today the boards of trustees for MeritCare and Sanford Health agreed to a Letter of Intent. The media is invited to joint news conferences discussing the next steps in a potential merger between MeritCare and Sanford Health.

  • Fargo news conference, 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 17: Media meet MeritCare staff in the MeritCare Hospital main lobby, 801 Broadway N, at 9:15 a.m. Parking is available on the double deck parking lot directly north of the lobby. Audio is available, see instructions below.

  • Sioux Falls press availability, 1 p.m., Friday, July 17: , Sanford USD Medical Center. Meet in main lobby to be escorted. Media attending the Sioux Falls availability is expected to RSVP Sanford Health Media Relations at (605) 366-2432.


News conference speakers will include:

  • Dr. Roger Gilbertson, MeritCare President and CEO

  • Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health President and CEO

  • Ellen Earle-Chaffee and MeritCare Board Chair (Fargo only)

  • Lauris Molbert, MeritCare Board Treasurer (Fargo only)


Media kits will be handed out at the news conferences and emailed to media at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. It includes a news release, fact sheet, leadership biographies, photos and other visuals.

Fargo audio conference available: Media choosing to attend via audio conference should call (866) 449-4849, enter code 2346162#, by 9:25 a.m. You will be asked to identify yourself. This option will allow you to hear the conference live and ask questions. We ask you put your phone on mute until the question/answer portion.