- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Fairview brand name would disappear from Twin Cities medical facilities under merger talks authorized by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

Regents approved a non-binding letter of intent to explore a merger Friday. The proposal would combine the Fairview clinic and hospital system with the physician group of the university’s hospital and medical school.

Leaders of the two organizations say a merger would mean a stronger, more efficient health care system.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1WTN5fA) reports Fairview and University of Minnesota Physicians already collaborate in running the university’s hospitals and clinics. But according to a summary presented to the regents, their current bifurcated leadership has resulted in “thousands of contracts, wasted effort and resources, and considerable room for disagreement and tension.”

The new organization would be known as M Health.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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