Attorney General Ellison sets community meetings on proposed Fairview/Sanford merger

Four community meetings to be held in Saint Paul, Bemidji, Worthington, and Grand Rapids in January 2023; AG Ellison to listen to Minnesotans’ views on the proposed merger

December 19, 2022 (SAINT PAUL) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison today shared the dates, times, and locations of the public meetings he announced last month about the proposed merger of Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health. Attorney General Ellison will hold four public meetings in Saint Paul, Bemidji, Worthington, and Grand Rapids in January 2023. 

The announcement of the community meetings follows Attorney General Ellison creating a dedicated web form and voice mailbox for Minnesotans to share their views on the proposed merger. 

“It’s my job to listen to Minnesotans: many have already responded to my request for comment about the proposed Fairview/Sanford merger, and I want to hear from more. I hope everyone who has thoughts, comments, or concerns to share about the merger will attend a public meeting or leave us a comment. Every Minnesotan is an expert in their own healthcare and in affording their own lives,” Attorney General Ellison said. 

dedicated web form where all Minnesotans may leave their comments or concerns is now available on the Attorney General’s website. The form is also linked on a new Fairview/Sanford landing page at Minnesotans who wish to communicate their comments or concerns by phone may leave voice mail in a dedicated mailbox by calling (651) 296-3353 (Metro area) or (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota) and pressing option 2, or may speak to an analyst live by calling the same numbers and pressing option 1. 

The Office will use input that the public submits to evaluate the transaction under existing laws, as well as to determine opportunities for changes or improvements to public policy, regulation, or state or federal law. Comments or information that members of the public submit as part of these civil investigations will generally be treated as “protected nonpublic data” under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.  

All the community meetings below are open to the press and the public. They will also be livestreamed on Attorney General Ellison’s Facebook Page