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Sanford Health, Mid Dakota Clinic agree to merger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is absorbing another health care provider in the Dakotas.

Sanford has signed a merger agreement with Mid Dakota Clinic, which has nearly 100 physicians who serve patients in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

The integration of the two health care systems will be ongoing through the next year. Officials say there will be no interruptions to patient care, and clinic patients can continue seeing their current doctors and going to the hospital of their choice.

Sanford Health was formed in 2009 when Sanford in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, merged with Meritcare in Fargo, North Dakota. Three years later, the new Sanford Health bought Medcenter One in Bismarck. Sanford now bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation.