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Published May 26 2010

Sanford-MeritCare adds southeast clinic network

Southeast Medical Center in Oakes, N.D., and Sanford Health-MeritCare have signed an affiliation agreement effective July 1.

The expected affiliation of the clinic, with other locations in Gwinner, Forman, Lidgerwood, Ellendale, LaMoure and Lisbon, was announced earlier.

Southeast Medical Center was founded by Drs. Rup and Vani Nagala.

The partnership means all employees will keep their jobs and will become employed by Sanford Health-MeritCare. No immediate changes in services – all current medical care will continue.

The union also means Southeast Medical Center will have access to the Sanford-MeritCare electronic medical record system, and a more integrated network of primary care and specialized providers, as well as enhanced recruitment and retention of doctors and other skilled medical staff.