Between Sanford Health and T. Denny Sanford, deep ties

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY and JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 5, 2013 - 7:32 AM

$600 million in donations isn’t the only string attaching Sanford Health to its major benefactor, T. Denny Sanford.

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chuckdancerMay. 5, 13 8:03 AM

..." the last-ditch, “subprime” credit cards sold to struggling consumers by Premier and other card issuers can help some Americans restore their credit."...********************* It may be possible that someone somewhere gets their credit restored, but the "selling" of the cards is all about profit for the seller not the credit standing of the buyer.

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YoganaziMay. 5, 13 8:41 AM

Sanford cares about his pocket book and nothing else. I applaud Swanson for putting a stop to the FUMC Sanford merger. Sanford Health's mission statement is to provide referrals to companies Denny ones!!!!

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mnnimrodMay. 5, 13 8:41 AM

I hope you give this same scrutiny to all the hospitals and business ties to the University system. I wish to say Thank You to Sanford Medical for all the civic contributions made in the tri state area. Sanford Medical is spending well over $700 million on medical facilities and they didn't ask the state for anything. They are updating and expanding medical facilities in northern Mn, making infrastructure improvements and providing thousands of jobs. Not to mention the millions being spent on bringing health care to Children in underserved areas all over the world. It is ridiculous to think just because they are headquartered in Sioux Falls that they are not a world class operation that would rival any facility or hospital group not only in the Twin Cities but the world. Look how well things are working out for poor Fairview and North Memorial.

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honeybooMay. 5, 13 9:31 AM

The premise of this story is so deeply flawed that it's hard to know where to start. Are we suppose to believe that Sanford parted with $.6 Billion of his own money so that he can recoup a few million in contracts? Seems a trifle bit implausible (as well as illogical) to say the least. The innuendos must have been planted by a rival hospital system hoping to bury Sanford's MN expansion.

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handsomepeteMay. 5, 1310:00 AM

"Since 2007, T. Denny Sanford has donated more than $600 million..." This article is I think the third "hit piece" the Star Tribune has written to tarnish the reputation of Sanford. My guess is because Sanford is a Republican Party supporter and Max Baucus (D-MT), the Senate Committee on Finance Chairman who steered Obamacare through the legislative process, recently called it a "train wreck". So the Star Tribune is trying to deflect attention from the real issues of the day like the number of labor force dropouts, the massive Democrat-created budget deficit, and the "train wreck" of Obamacare barreling down on us at warp speed. How much money have rich liberals like Al Gore, Bill and Hillary Clinton (Hillary is currently on a "speaking tour" for a $200,000 per appearance fee and Bill made $89 million giving paid speeches in the ten years after leaving the White House not to mention his earnings from his hedge fund job), and Obama's Commerce Secretary nominee billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker donated to worthy causes? The TRUTH of the matter is when it comes to VOLUNTARILY donating money to worthy causes conservatives have liberals beat. So, the Star Tribune has to come up with more hit pieces. Check out this tripe: "In 2008, one year after Sanford gave his first $400 million to Sanford Health, the hospital chain paid $3.75 million to Sanford’s Premier Bankcard company to purchase a commercial building..." So, Sanford donated $400 million and in return sold a building for $3.75 million. Does that sound like a good return on investment to you? "The health company said the sale price was within the range of a third-party valuation for the property..." Ooooh, the conspiracy deepens... People were paid to write this article and for the life of me I don't know why anybody would subscribe to the Star Tribune to financially support such hit pieces.

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jraivalaMay. 5, 1310:13 AM

If Soros was the benefactor, there would be no story here for the Strib!

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merrytrareMay. 5, 1310:58 AM

The relationships sound very cosy to me, but then I am not a business person, and I don't have much understanding of how these things work.

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John E.May. 5, 1312:14 PM

The amounts of money being spent by Sanford Health - a non-profit - on non-health care related enterprises illustrates that the high cost of health care simply isn't justified.

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wayno347May. 5, 13 1:42 PM

Before long, Sioux Falls will be known as Sanford Falls, South Dakota!

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acidradioMay. 5, 13 3:21 PM

I recently moved back here from Sioux Falls. Everything there is controlled by Sanford, Citibank and a few people in the Chamber of Commerce. The mayor and city council are owned/operated by that same cabal. I think we in Minneapolis look at this through a lens in which there isn't one major player here in town that has a ton of pull outside of either political party. In SD? The politics reminded me of my days in Alabama - corrupt.

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