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Published July 02 2010

Southeast Medical Center joins Sanford

OAKES, N.D. – Southeast Medical Center, a system of rural clinics that serve southeastern North Dakota, became MeritCare Oakes on Thursday, officially completing its merger with Sanford Health-MeritCare.

Founded by Drs. Rup and Vani Nagala, the organization is comprised of North Dakota clinics in Oakes, Gwinner, Forman, Lidgerwood, Ellendale, LaMoure and Lisbon.

Sanford Health-MeritCare will now employ all 55 employees.

All current medical care will continue. Highly specialized medical services will soon be brought to area communities, and access to Sanford Health-MeritCare electronic medical record systems will enhance continuity of care for patients, according to a news release.