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On July 20, 2010, Sanford Health and MeritCare Health System united as one organization under one name, mission, vision, values and wordmark. This followed a merger in November 2009.

Official name: Sanford Health

Named in honor of South Dakota philanthropist, Denny Sanford, who gave a transformational gift of $400 million to Sioux Valley Health System in 2007. The gift was the largest single gift ever given to a healthcare organization.


Sanford Health is the largest, not-for-profit rural health system in the nation as confirmed by the Health Care Advisory Board, based on gross revenues, patient beds, and number of full time employees serving a significant patient volume outside of major metropolitan areas.

  • Annual Net Revenue: 2.25 billion
  • Employees: 27,000
  • Physicians: 1,400, in 80 specialty areas of medicine
  • Hospitals: 43
  • Clinics: 243
  • Long-term Care: 36
  • Specialty Care Centers: Heart, Cancer, Women's, Children's and Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Communities Served: 126 in nine states. Click here to view a system location map.

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