Fairview, Sanford Merger Could Be Stalled
by KDLT News
April 05, 2013 8:38 AM
The University of Minnesota has proposed that it take over Fairview Health services, the system that operates the university's teaching hospital, a move that could pre-empt a merger between Fairview and Sanford Health.
University President Eric Kaler outlined the proposal in a letter to Fairview executives Thursday.
Fairview has run the university's medical center since 1997.
Kaler says he'll meet with Fairview executives next week.
The disclosure comes ahead of a hearing at the capitol on Sunday on the potential merger between Minneapolis-based Fairview and Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says she's concerned about an out-of-state organization taking over the twin cities' second-largest hospital chain.
Fairview and Sanford Health officials have said their talks are only in the early stages.