Hillsboro Medical Center and Sanford Health Complete Merger

(Hillsboro, ND) –Hillsboro Medical Center and Sanford Health announced they have signed a definitive agreement, the final step in the merger process. In April 2012, the two organizations announced a letter of intent; this move culminates the merger.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Hillsboro Medical Center will be known as Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center. It has 148 employees, 16-beds and is a non-profit critical access hospital with attached 36-bed long term care and 16-unit assisted living facilities. Hillsboro is located 40 miles north of Fargo and has been managed by Sanford (previously Meritcare) since 2000.

Sanford Health has a clinic located within Hillsboro Medical Center. Charles Breen, MD, Tim Luithle, MD and Ann Owens, PA-C work for the clinic and also provide services at the medical center.

“We have a strong commitment to our community, and together we are confident there are opportunities for further growth and partnership in the Hillsboro area,” said Jac McTaggart, CEO of Hillsboro Medical Center.

Sanford Health’s philosophy is that health care services are a community asset. “The long-term partnership between Sanford and Hillsboro Medical Center is a demonstration of our commitment to patients and rural communities” said Rick Giesel, President of Sanford Health Network, Fargo.

An employee and community celebration is planned for Jan. 9 from 4-6 p.m. at the Chapel in Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center, located at 12 S.E. 3rd Street. The general public is invited to attend; refreshments will be available.

About Hillsboro Medical Center

HMC services include: general acute care, emergency care, ambulance, laboratory, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, hospice, psychiatric consult, IV therapy, lymphedema management, nutrition consult, respite care, restorative nursing, pharmacy consult, tracheotomies and speech therapy, long term care and assisted living.

With a population of 1,600, Hillsboro is located in eastern North Dakota along I-29 just over 40 miles north of Fargo. The population of the region is 23,000 people within 30 miles of Hillsboro.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes hospitals, clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford’s nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children’s clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.

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