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Avera, Carris sign letter of intent

MARSHALL — Plans that would bring together two local health care providers, Avera Marshall and Carris Health Marshall, went public on Friday.

Avera Marshall announced that the two providers have signed a letter of intent to integrate Carris Health Marshall’s clinic and surgery center operations into Avera Marshall. The integration is anticipated to happen Jan. 1.

Carris Health Marshall is a subsidiary of CentraCare Health, which operates the ACMC clinic and surgery center in Marshall. Carris Health was formed in January, through a partnership of CentraCare (a health care system based in central Minnesota), ACMC and Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Avera Marshall’s announcement Friday didn’t go into specifics of what integration would mean for the Carris Health Marshall clinic. However, the announcement said the letter of intent sets forth details that will need to be finalized before integration can happen.

Friday’s announcement said Avera Marshall and Carris Health Marshall have been in talks to integrate health care services in the Marshall area community. Carris Health Marshall’s clinic opened as an ACMC facility in 2013, with the surgery center following in 2015.

In June, spokespeople for both Carris Health and Avera Marshall said the two organizations were having ongoing discussions about issues of common interest.

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