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Mike Begeman, vice president for public affairs for Sanford, a health care company that has merged with MeritCare, describes the advantages the complementary services bring to the merger into Sanford Health & MeritCare. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Sanford Health & MeritCare Merger should keep health care close to patients' homes

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Sanford Health and MeritCare officials initiated a merger about one year ago, but patients at both centers haven't experienced any changes in daily care.

That was the message Mike Begeman, Sanford vice president of public affairs based in Sioux Falls, S.D., gave to noon Bemidji Rotary members Monday. Begeman; Becky Nelson, Sanford, chief operating officer; and Dr. Bruce Pitts, MeritCare president, were in Bemidji to discuss merger details with local MeritCare officials.

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