Ellison announces public meetings on proposed Sanford-Fairview Health merger

December 20, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KFGO) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has released the dates and locations of the public meetings he announced last month about the proposed merger of Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health. Ellison will hold four public meetings in Saint Paul, Bemidji, Worthington, and Grand Rapids in January 2023.

In a statement Ellison said, “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.”

A similar proposal in 2015 failed when former Attorney General Lori Swanson and others raised objections.

Ellison’s 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

The meetings are set for Jan. 10 in St. Paul, Jan. 17 in Bemidji, Jan. 25 in Worthington and Jan. 31 in Grand Rapids.