The board of directors for Union Hospital, an independent, 111-year-old, 18-bed facility in Mayville, N.D., has voted to merge with the Fargo, N.D.-based MeritCare Health System, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Board of small N.D. hospital votes to join MeritCare
Concurrently, MeritCare is working on merging with Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health (Print subscription required.), which is currently working on a $3.3 million deal of its own to buy Sanford Jackson (Minn.) Medical Center, a 20-bed hospital it's been leasing since 1997.
A news release said the merger negotiations with Sanford “were not a factor” in MeritCare's deal with Union Hospital. The release also said that the hospital will be renamed MeritCare Mayville Union Medical Center and everyone on its 59-person staff will keep their jobs and become MeritCare employees. This includes Union CEO and Administrator Roger Baier, who will continue to run the hospital, said MeritCare spokesman Darren Huber, who added that there is no price tag attached to the deal.
“There is no money changing hands with the merger,” Huber said, though he added that MeritCare will be making long-term “investments in the facility” in Mayville. Huber also said that the merger with Sanford is “still on track,” and the deal is expected to close either at the end of October or beginning of November.
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