Fairview Health Services and HealthEast announced today that their boards of directors have approved the final agreement for HealthEast to become part of the Fairview system. Effective June 1, the combined organization will be one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible health systems in the state.

“Bringing Fairview and HealthEast together gives us the opportunity to create a world-class health system committed to serving our communities and the region,” said James Hereford, Fairview president and CEO. “Together, we can do more for the people and the communities we serve.”

The combined system will be led by Fairview President and CEO James Hereford. HealthEast CEO Kathryn Correia will join Fairview’s Senior Executive Team as Chief Administrative Officer.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our East Metro communities,” said Correia. “As part of Fairview we will be able to increase the value we provide to our employees, physicians, patients and their families.”

The system will be governed by the existing Fairview board of directors, which will add three current HealthEast board members:

  • Michael R. Connly, Chief Information Officer, Optum
  • Julie S. Causey, Chairman Emeritus, Western Bank
  • Tim Marx, President and CEO, Catholic Charities

“On June 1, patients of both Fairview and HealthEast should continue to expect the same great care and service they’ve always experienced in our systems,” said Hereford. “Joining forces will ultimately enable us to deliver even better care with a broader range of services for our patients.  We’re planning a thoughtful integration process that will unfold over time.”

About Fairview

Fairview Health Services, based in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services.  Fairview’s broad continuum includes academic and community hospitals, primary and specialty care clinics, senior and long-term care facilities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, an integrated provider network, and health insurer PreferredOne.  In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 25,000 employees and 2,600 employed and aligned providers embrace innovation and new thinking to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

About HealthEast

HealthEast is the leading health care provider in the Twin Cities East Metro area. From prevention to cure, HealthEast meets the needs of the community with family health and specialty programs that span four hospitals – Bethesda Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Woodwinds Health Campus – plus primary care and specialty clinics, ambulatory services, home care, hospice and medical transportation. HealthEast has nearly 7,500 employees and nearly 800 employed and aligned providers. Our focus is optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.