Fairview, Sanford terminate proposed megamerger


AARON LAVINSKY, Star Tribune file

Sanford CEO Bill Gassen, left, and Fairview CEO James Hereford heard public comments during a listening session in St. Paul in January.

The proposed megamerger by Fairview Health Services and South Dakota-based Sanford Health is dead - again.

The announcement Thursday marks the second time in roughly a decade the two health systems have failed to complete a combination that prompted, in its latest incarnation, fierce opposition at the University of Minnesota.

And it leaves unresolved and difficult questions about the future of the U's partnership with Fairview, an affiliation that's been strained significantly over the past year.



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