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The Next Mayo Clinic?

While much gnashing and thrashing has been going on at the AHC/U of M med school, the barbarians are at the gates, figuratively speaking.

From Dave Durenberger's newsletter:


Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, SD, is talking to MeritCare in Fargo, ND, about creating a new medical presence in the five states of SD, ND, MN, NE, and IA. Sanford has 23 hospitals and 128 clinics plus ancillary services, a health plan and 9,200 employees. MeritCare operates 583 beds in two Fargo hospitals, 20 other facilities in the Fargo-Moorhead area and a regional hospital in Thief River Falls, MN. It has eight medical clinics in ND, 19 in MN and 7,131 employees.

MeritCare competes with Innovis Health -a hospital and multi-specialty group practice part of the Essentia System out of Duluth in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Sanford Health's principal competitor is Avera Health System, headquartered in Sioux Falls as well. Since banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford made a $400 million gift to Sioux Valley System to change its name and focus on research, hospital campus redesign, and children's health, Sanford has been well on its way to giving CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft potential for his bragging rights as the next "Mayo Clinic."

You remember good 'ole Denny? An alumn and a potential donor to the House that Bob Built? He did finally give about six million to the stadium fund lately after the initial fumble over naming rights. He's also given some big bucks to Mayo.

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