DES MOINES (AP)--The two largest health systems in the Dakotas will miss their goal of having a merger agreement done by Oct. 1.
Fargo's MeritCare health system and Sioux Falls-based Sanford Health had set that date as the goal for approval by both organizations' boards. MeritCare spokesman Darren Huber says teams representing both organizations still have work to do, and the North Dakota Attorney General's Office is still reviewing the proposed deal.
Huber says MeritCare and Sanford now expect to complete the merger by November.
Once united, the Sanford-MeritCare service area will cover about 100,000 square miles, with a population of almost 1 million in parts of five states -- North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
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