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Sanford Health says it’s open to discussions with Trinity

MINOT, N.D. — Sanford Health says it would welcome discussions with Minot-based Trinity Health in the wake of Trinity’s failure to cement a partnership with another health system.

Sanford didn’t offer specifics, and Trinity is remaining mum on whether it has any interest.

Trinity, which operates the only hospital in North Dakota’s fourth-largest city, announced Thursday that negotiations for a partnership with Clinic RegionalCare in Billings, Montana, had ended without a deal. However, Trinity officials also said they are still moving forward with plans to build a new medical campus in south Minot.

Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota, has an option to buy land on Minot’s south edge but hasn’t finalized a purchase.

“All possibilities remain on the table around how to best use that land,” Sanford Executive Vice President for Marketing Cindy Morrison told the Minot Daily News.

Sanford “would welcome any conversations with Trinity,” Morrison said.

Sanford acquired a clinic in Minot when it bought Bismarck-based Medcenter One in 2012. Officials in August said they were looking to offer more services in Minot. Sanford bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation, with dozens of hospitals and clinics in nine states and three countries and 27,000 employees.

Trinity Vice President Randy Schwan declined comment on whether Trinity would be interested in partnering with Sanford. He said Trinity is open to exploring other partnerships but isn’t aggressively pursuing any.

In related news, Sanford considers expanding in Minot, possibly with hospital.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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