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Ground recently was broken for a new $78 million heart hospital at the Sanford-USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. The five-story center, slated to open in 2011, will have 58 beds, as well as advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities. (Patrick Springer/The Forum)

MeritCare, Sanford Health set to combine Monday

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The merger of MeritCare with Sanford Health will require blending management expertise, linking sophisticated information systems and a melding of corporate cultures.

It also will involve a lot of bus trips.

The merged health system, expected to be completed Monday, will operate its own fleet of two buses to routinely shuttle staff and physicians between medical campuses in Fargo and Sioux Falls, where Sanford is based.

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