October 4, 2023

The emergency entrance at Sanford Health's main campus in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Sanford Health announced Thursday it’s stopping the merger process with Minnesota-based Fairview Health Services.

“The significant benefits we identified for a combined system with Fairview Health Services compelled us to exhaust all potential pathways to completing our proposed merger,” Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health, wrote in a press release. “However, without support for this transaction from certain Minnesota stakeholders, we have determined it is in the best interest of Sanford Health to discontinue the merger process.”

The proposed merger had been on hiatus since April after the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office had requested the two healthcare systems to pause the merger in January as the office investigated potential impacts of the proposal.

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