Fairview and HealthEast Announce Plans to Combine

Combined system will be one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible in the state

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--()--Fairview and HealthEast announced today that the organizations will combine to create one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible health systems in the state.

“Both HealthEast and Fairview are dedicated to providing health and well-being programs and services that meet the needs of diverse local communities.”

“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.”

The combined system will serve the entire Twin Cities metro area, as well as greater Minnesota. Today, Fairview and HealthEast provide care in complementary service areas, with HealthEast serving the east metro and Fairview serving the south, west and north metro as well as northern Minnesota.

Combining the two organizations will create synergies that enable the new system to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care market. “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."

The combination will formalize a close and long-standing working relationship between Fairview and HealthEast. The organizations share similar missions and long histories of serving their local communities.

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 organizations plan to begin integration efforts upon receiving regulatory and legal approval in Spring 2017.

About Fairview
Fairview Health Services (fairview.org), based in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services. Fairview’s broad continuum includes academic and community hospitals, primary and specialty care clinics, senior and long-term care facilities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, an integrated provider network, and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 25,000 employees and 2,600 employed and aligned providers embrace innovation and new thinking to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

About HealthEast
HealthEast (healtheast.org) is the leading health care provider in the Twin Cities East Metro area. From prevention to cure, HealthEast meets the needs of the community with family health and specialty programs that span four hospitals – Bethesda Hospital, St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus – plus primary care and specialty clinics, ambulatory services, home care, hospice and medical transportation. HealthEast has nearly 7,500 employees and nearly 800 employed and aligned providers. Our focus is optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.

Contacts

Fairview
Cindy Fruitrail, 612-672-2792
cfruitr1@fairview.org
or
HealthEast
Dina Fassino, 651-326-2112
dfassino@healtheast.org

Fairview Health Services / HealthEast