Workers, patients, students to hold media availability ahead of Senate hearing on proposed Sanford-Fairview merger


Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709

(St. Paul) – March 7, 2022 – At 5:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, healthcare workers, patients, and University of Minnesota medical students will hold a media availability to speak out against the proposed merger of M Health Fairview and Sanford Health. The media availability will take place ahead of a 6:00 p.m. Minnesota Senate hearing on the proposed merger.

Since the proposed merger was announced late last year, Minnesotans who work and receive care at potentially impacted facilities have raised concerns that this merger could increase costs and limit access to health services for patients, threaten jobs and working conditions for workers, and consolidate even more corporate control over our healthcare system. Proposed legislation (HF 402/SF 1681) would provide critical public oversight of proposed healthcare mergers.

Speakers at the media availability will represent the Minnesota Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa, the Minnesota Farmers Union, and University of Minnesota medical students. Details on the media availability are included below; details on the legislative hearing can be found at this link. Today’s hearing will be the first time this issue is taken up by the Minnesota Senate, following a January hearing in the Minnesota House.


  • When: Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Outside Room 1100, Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Ave. W. Saint Paul, MN 55155
  • Who: Healthcare workers, patients, and medical students
  • What: Speak out ahead of legislative hearing on proposed Sanford-Fairview merger
  • Why: To oppose corporate control of our healthcare system and to put patients before profits