Sanford Health and Marshfield Clinic to Merge

Sanford Health and Marshfield Clinic to Merge

Sanford Health and Marshfield Clinic Health System have announced plans to merge, creating an integrated health system expected to be finalized by the end of the year. The merger will combine nearly 56,000 employees, 56 hospitals, 4,300 providers, two fully integrated health plans, specialty pharmacies, and nationally recognized research institutions. Sanford Health's president and CEO, Bill Gassen, will lead the combined system, with Marshfield Clinic Health System becoming a region within Sanford Health.

The merger aims to advance physician-led integrated care, emphasize research on underrepresented populations, and prioritize patient and community health. The new system will invest $500 million over the next five years and an additional $500 billion to transition to the Epic electronic medical record system. No immediate changes are expected for employees or patients of either organization. The combined system will serve more than 1.4 million patients and nearly 200,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles, enhancing rural healthcare delivery in the Midwest.

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