Minneapolis, MN – Fairview Health Services and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital announced today that the Grand Rapids integrated clinic and hospital has joined the Fairview system as a wholly owned subsidiary, effective Jan. 1.
“This affiliation offers great value for both organizations, and for the communities we serve,” said James Hereford, Fairview president and CEO. The new partnership expands Fairview’s reach in northern Minnesota, which already includes Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.
“For Grand Itasca, becoming part of the Fairview system offers many opportunities,” said Mike Youso, Grand Itasca CEO. “This new relationship provides access to specialty care through Fairview and University of Minnesota Health and the opportunity to expand clinical services to better serve our community.”
Both leaders see opportunities for synergy and collaboration. “With two sites in northern Minnesota, we can more effectively recruit new specialty care physicians who live and practice in the community,” said Hereford. “This allows us to provide more advanced care close to home.”
No staffing changes are planned at Grand Itasca. The hospital will keep its name and local Board of Directors, adding three Fairview representatives to the existing 12-member community board.
About Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services, based in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview's 24,000-plus employees and 2,500 employed and aligned physicians embrace innovation and new thinking to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education. For more information, visit www.fairview.org.
About Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
Located in Grand Rapids, Grand Itasca is an integrated care delivery system that plays a vital role as both a leading employer and a powerful economic engine in the region. With 60 employed providers who call the Grand Rapids area home, and more than 30 visiting specialists, Grand Itasca offers the latest in advanced medical technology and treatments in a welcoming and comforting environment. For more information, visit www.granditasca.org.