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Published October 01, 2011, 12:00 AM

Sanford, Alexandria clinic to merge

Move could bring additional services to patients in west-central Minnesota
FARGO – Sanford Health and the Broadway Medical Center in Alexandria, Minn., have taken the first step toward a possible merger.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO – Sanford Health and the Broadway Medical Center in Alexandria, Minn., have taken the first step toward a possible merger.

Broadway Medical Center is a clinic with 34 providers and two locations: one in Alexandria, 100 miles east of Fargo-Moorhead on Interstate 94, and another in Parkers Prairie.

The Broadway Medical Center’s services include emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, hospitalists, internal medicine, OB/GYN and midwifery, endocrinology, on­cology and podiatry.

“Our vision is focused on what’s best for our patients in the Alexandria region and how together we can grow what we’ve started,” Dr. Doug Griffin of Broadway Medical Center said Friday.

Dr. Bruce Pitts, president of Sanford Clinic in the Fargo region, said the merger would enhance access to services for patients in the Alexandria area.

“We’re confident there are opportunities for growth and partnership in the Alexandria area,” he said.

Although no decisions have yet been made, Pitts said new clinical services could include dermatology, and ear, nose and throat.

“When we go into a new area, we try to expand services,” Pitts said, so patients don’t have to travel for their health care.

Adding the Alexandria area would also extend Sanford’s service area to the east in an area with a sizable population, he said. Alexandria’s population is 11,000, and Douglas County’s is 36,000.

The service population of the Alexandria hub grows to 260,000 when contiguous counties – Grant, Stevens, Stearns, Todd and Otter Tail – are counted.

Extending Sanford’s reach along the Interstate 94 corridor is a plus, Pitts said. “We try to do everything we can to strengthen our service on that corridor,” he added.

Officials from Sanford Health and Broadway Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to merge and expect to have a final agreement by Jan. 1.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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