Fairview and HealthEast announce merger

Compiled by Ethan Groothuis
Sun Current Newspapers

Fairview and HealthEast recently announced that their organizations will be combining to create one of the most “comprehensive and geographically accessible” health systems in Minnesota, according to a press release.
“Bringing Fairview and HealthEast together will create a world-class health system committed to serving our communities and the region,” said James Hereford, Fairview president and CEO. “Our organizations are stronger together. By joining forces, we can expand clinical services and combine our expertise to serve patients where they live and work, giving them access to the widest range of care choices available.”
By conjoining, the system will serve the entirety of the Twin Cities metro area, with HealthEast’s east metro service adding to the Fairview presence in the south, west and north metro.
“Working together, we can focus our joint resources to improve the health of our communities,” said Kathryn Correia, HealthEast president and CEO. “Both HealthEast and Fairview are dedicated to providing health and well-being programs and services that meet the needs of diverse local communities.”
Upon regulatory and legal approval later this spring, the combined system will be led by Fairview President and CEO James Hereford and governed by the existing Fairview Board of Directors, which will add three HealthEast Board members.
The merger isn’t the only new addition to the Fairview service.
Fairview Clinics in Edina opened a new urgent care location March 28.
Steve Endrud, vice president of operations for Fairview Medical Group, said the opening of Fairview’s new urgent care location is a response to patient demand.
“Patients have told us they prefer the convenience of unscheduled or walk-in type care – it fits their busy lifestyle and is able to meet many of their acute care needs,” said Endrud.
This will be Fairview’s ninth Urgent Care location. Fairview offers this convenient care option at its clinics in Andover, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Lakeville, North Branch, St. Paul (Highland Park) and Wyoming, as well as Fairview Express Care in Princeton and Elk River.