Fairview-Sanford is a good health care marriage

  • Article by: Robert Gauthier
  • Updated: April 1, 2013 - 8:11 PM

With the recent announcement of the potential merger of Fairview Health Services by Sanford Health, there has been a lot of commentary about the merits and dangers of such a deal.

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myob_STApr. 1, 13 8:40 PM

I'm sorry, but I don't think deciding on whether Fairview should be purchased by Sanford should be based on its rural constituency - this is an urban institution. I'm pleased that Sanford represents a Native American base, but really - it isn't the point of a health care company to play to a minority.

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la55122Apr. 1, 13 9:20 PM

Fairview needs to fix its internal problems fast. Perhaps the U needs to take back what it gave Fairview. We cannot give up a world class medical school, which is happening under Fairview's mismanagement and asset plunder. Perhaps HealthPartners would be a better merger partner, at least they are local.

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Opus2013Apr. 1, 13 9:25 PM

Robert Gauthier provides a flaccid argument in favor of a merger. In fact, it is wholly unpersuasive. If he wants to go to work for Sanford, here is his stethoscope -- why is he leaving so soon?

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bobajoulApr. 1, 1310:13 PM

HealthPartners did a merger, with ParkNicollet. Allina has done mergers and Fairview has, but they are all patient care enterprises, which are wholly honorable, but Sanford has committed to research, as has Mayo and the U. That is the difference with this deal. Fairview was never a good partner for the U, it made no sense, just an appendage onto a mediocre healthcare system. Didn't fit the strategy or long term vision. Or more to the point, there was no vision. Which was the problem from the get go.

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moron100Apr. 2, 1310:30 AM

From what i have heard about Sanford is that they are well run organization. Very long term employees which is what you want in the healthcare field. You do not see that anymore. I have heard good things about that from several people who did consulting with sanford. Just a thought. Cant hurt now can it if they merge.

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unicorn4711Apr. 2, 1310:30 AM

One way or another Sanford is going to be the premiere health care network in the region. They're doing well when Fairfew is struggling. No idea why, but their very obvious growth goal is the twin cities.

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StarquestApr. 2, 1310:34 AM

My wife works for Fairview and treats patients who have been thru Sanford clinics. They have nothing good to say about their experiences there. Keep in mind that mergers and acquisitions are only good for board members and shareholders. Customers (patients) and employees get abused in the process. This is a bad deal for the Twin Cities.

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liberallymnApr. 2, 13 2:08 PM

Sanford got his $30,000,000 gift to TCF Stadium rejected because he's made his billions selling sub-prime credit to the sub-prime market. Sorry, but Minnesota doesn't need this in our neighborhood. If South Dakota wants to let sub-prime enriched billionaires run their health care system, then so be it.

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snootafiskApr. 2, 1310:22 PM

@moron 100 has to be a Sanford agent. A for profit taking over a non profit is not good for the U, soon it will be a second rate hospital.

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cheezeApr. 3, 13 8:27 AM

Sanford is not a for profit hospital- never has been. Denny Sanford is not part of Sanford- he just gave them a lot of money; similar to the money given to the U hospital by Kurt Amplatz. There are no shareholders in either Sanford or Fairview, so that's also an incorrect statement. Fairview is simply doing what they think is best for Fairview. After the U threatened to align with Allina instead of Fairview last year (and squeezed more revenue out of Fairview), that's probably prudent. However, as the author notes, Fairview Management may not be the most competent in accomplishing this.

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