On November 2, the merger between Sioux Falls, SD based Sanford Health and Fargo, ND based MeritCare became official, launching a new organization: Sanford Health-MeritCare. The new Sanford Health-MeritCare encompasses six states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma); employs more than 17,400 employees and 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine.
Merger to Benefit Patients
With a larger population base, Sanford Health-MeritCare is able to offer services that separately could not be supported. This will offer patients greater depth and breadth of services and greater access to care delivered close to home. The goal is to ensure that no patient is the region is more than 45 minutes from Sanford Health-MeritCare services.
Merger to Benefit Employees
One of the benefits of a merged organization is growth, not just in size, but in jobs. The new health system will stimulate growth and provide more jobs, as well as enhance the ability to attract and retain world-class talent. Physicians will benefit from wider professional associations within and across specialties. The power of numbers will allow for more services.
Merger to Benefit Region
Both Sanford and MeritCare have a community focus. That won’t change. As a merged organization, Sanford Health-MeritCare will provide job security for employees, invest in infrastructure in area communities and expand services to patients.
The Sanford and MeritCare organizations will be brought together through common governance, executive leadership and a carefully planned transition that will take place over the next one to two years. The goal is to combine best practices, address cultural issues and address the best solutions for technical and operational details.