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Patrick Springer, Published December 08 2009

Downtown's Dave Anderson joins Sanford-MeritCare team

Dave Anderson, who has led downtown Fargo revitalization efforts for a decade, will take a public affairs position with Sanford Health & MeritCare.

Anderson’s role with the health system will be to meet with various constituencies and stakeholders to maintain a dialogue and keep the community informed, said Mike Begeman, a Sanford-MeritCare vice president of public affairs.

“That’s our face-to-face marketing component,” Begeman said Monday. “We’re kind of the group that’s charged with telling the story.”

Anderson, who will start his job on Jan. 4, will remain until then with the Downtown Community Partnership.

Coincidentally, Dr. Roger Gilbertson, MeritCare’s chief executive until he retired with the merger with Sanford was completed, was chairman of the Downtown Community Partnership when Anderson was hired.

The position with Sanford Health & MeritCare was an outgrowth of Anderson getting acquainted with the Sanford executive team this summer and fall when the merger was pending.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family to put down deeper roots,” Anderson said. “After 10 years on the job, I’m ready for a new challenge.”

Before coming to Fargo, Anderson worked on downtown revitalization for seven years in Sioux City, Iowa, his hometown.

Anderson joins Chuck Gulsvig, former Moorhead High School basketball coach, who was hired to be the Sanford Health & MeritCare public affairs representative for its northern region.

Evelyn Quigley, senior vice president who leads the mission and community benefit functions at MeritCare, will also work closely with the Office of Public Affairs.

The health system also plans to fill a position of a women’s services representative to work with the team in the coming year. “That will establish the public affairs department to its full complement as planned during the merger talks,” Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health & MeritCare chief executive, said in a statement.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522