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Hillsboro Medical Center Signs LOI with Sanford Health

Sanford has been an integral part of the Hillsboro medical community since 1985.

(Hillsboro, ND) – Hillsboro Medical Center (HMC) in Hillsboro, ND and Sanford Health, based in Fargo ND and Sioux Falls, SD, announced they have agreed to a letter of intent (LOI). This is a non-binding first step in a potential affiliation. It allows for due diligence, including financial, legal and business information that will help validate that joining together is a good decision for both organizations. A timeline of December 31, 2012 has been set for a potential definitive agreement.
HMC has 148 employees. It is a 16-bed, non-profit critical access hospital with attached 36-bed long term care and 16-unit assisted living facilities. Hillsboro is located 40 miles north of Fargo and has a population of 2,252, and 13,244 in a 25 mile radius. HMC has been managed by Sanford (previously MeritCare) since October 2000. Sanford’s clinic is located within the HMC facility.
“Sanford has been an integral part of the Hillsboro medical community since 1985. They are a trusted partner who is commited to improving care in Hillsboro through an integrated health care system”  said Jac McTaggart, CEO, HMC. 
Charles Breen, MD, Tim Luithle, MD and Ann Owens, PA-C work for Sanford Health Hillsboro Clinic and also provide services at Hillsboro Medical Center.
HMC services include: general acute care, emergency care, ambulance, laboratory, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, hospice, psychiatric consult, IV therapy, lymphedema management, nutrition consult, respite care, restorative nursing, pharmacy consult, tracheotomies and speech therapy, long term care and assisted living.
“Health care services are a community asset and the Hillsboro community's continued support is critical to future success. Sanford believes health and healing happen best when they occur close to home,” said Rick Giesel, President, Sanford Health Network Fargo. “The long-term partnership between Sanford and Hillsboro Medical Center is a demonstration of our commitment to patients and rural communities.”
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.
Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America, and then a $100 million gift in 2010. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, visit

Jac McTaggart | CEO | Hillsboro Medical Center, Hillsboro, ND
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