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Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, left, and MeritCare President and CEO Dr. Roger Gilbertson announce the merger of the two health care organizations during a news conference Nov. 2, 2009, at MeritCare in Fargo. Gilbertson took a $1 million buyout after the two companies merged. Forum file photo

Healthy compensation: Ex-MeritCare CEO paid $1 million after Sanford merger

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FARGO - The merger 1½ years ago of Sanford Health and MeritCare created a new entity that doubled in size and covers a service area of more than 130,000 square miles.

But the unified health care giant needed only one top executive, and the departing chief administrator received a $1 million contract buyout, according to documents obtained by The Forum.

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