Sanford Health, the $2 billion health care organization spread across North Dakota and the Upper Midwest, skipped the opportunity to purchase a Grand Forks hospital now owned by Altru Health System…Sandene said Sanford offers communities efficiencies gained through the size of the network as well as more services and more sophisticated care. One of the chain’s goals is to reduce “fly-over” care — patients seeking specialized care in markets such as Minneapolis or Rochester, Minn. — by increasing its hospitals’ capabilities in North Dakota. Altru has been pursuing a similar strategy with the partnership it entered with Rochester’s Mayo Clinic last year. The relationship and sharing of resources will allow more Altru patients to receive care in Grand Forks while accessing Mayo expertise, hospital officials have said.
Grand Forks Herald by Christopher Bjorke