Sanford Health ends merger talks with Fairview Health Services

July 28, 2023

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–Sanford Health announced Thursday that it is discontinuing the merger process with Minnesota-based Fairview Health Services.

A press release from Sanford Health stated the reason for ending merger talks was a lack of support from “certain Minnesota stakeholders.”

Bill Gassen, president and CEO of Sanford Health, said in a statment:

“This is the right decision for our patients and residents, our people and the communities we serve,” Gassen said. “We remain committed to providing world-class care to patients across our footprint. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from many Minnesotans who share our vision to invest in health care delivery and enhance access to care in both rural and urban areas.”

The two health care providers had first discussed a merger in 2017.