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Associated Press, Published January 18 2011

T. Denny Sanford donating $100M to health system

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has given another $100 million to the health system in the Dakotas bearing his name.

Sanford Health officials aren't saying what the money is for. Spokesman Brian Mortenson tells the Argus Leader newspaper that officials will give details in August on "an extraordinary new initiative."

Sanford himself also isn't commenting. He says the money could go to "one of a number of diseases." But he says a lot of details need to be ironed out.

Sanford has given more than half a billion dollars to the system that became Sanford Health in 2007. The Sioux Falls-based health system in 2009 merged with Fargo, N.D.-based Meritcare, forming what officials say is the nation's largest not-for-profit rural health care provider.

Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.