Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services Proposed Merger

Information about the Merger

On Tuesday, November 16, 2022, Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services announced that they intend to merge in 2023. The new entity would be called Sanford Health and run by Sanford’s current CEO.

Sanford Health is based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and has 47 medical centers with approximately 45,000 employees. It has Minnesota locations in mostly rural areas of Minnesota including hospitals in Bagley, Bemidji, Canby, Jackson, Luverne, Thief River Falls, Tracy, Westbrook, Wheaton and Worthington.

Fairview Health Services is based in Minneapolis and has about 31,000 employees. Fairview has 11 hospitals mostly in the Twin Cities including Masonic Children’s Hospital, Southdale in Edina, St. John’s in Maplewood, Bethesda in St. Paul, Ridges in Burnsville, Woodwinds in Woodbury, Northland in Princeton, Lakes in Wyoming, Grand Itasca in Grand Rapids, and the Range in Hibbing. Fairview owns the University of Minnesota Medical Center and has a partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota Physicians Group. The partnership between the U of M and Fairview ends in 2026 with an option for a 10-year extension in 2023.

Community Input Opportunities

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is seeking community input on the proposed merger. First, individuals can complete this Community Input Form.

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office will use the information provided by the public via the online form as part of its review of the proposed merger of Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services. Information submitted by the public as part of this civil investigation will generally be treated as “not public” information under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The feedback will be used to evaluate the transaction under existing laws, as well as to determine opportunities for public policy or regulatory improvements.  The investigation is in its initial stages, and no findings or conclusions have been issued.

Second, as part of the review of the transaction, in the coming weeks, the Attorney General will host a series of community meetings at locations to be determined to directly gather feedback.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Office about the proposed merger through the Community Input Form or by phone at (651) 296-3353 (Metro area) or (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota).