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 MINOT, N.D., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Trinity Medical Center today announced the formation of DakotaCare Physicians' Association, a network of independent primary care physicians and specialists serving Minot and the northwest North Dakota region.
 DakotaCare has been in the making for more than a year in anticipation of the health care reform initiatives announced last week by the Clinton Administration.
 "As an integrated health system, the affiliation of DakotaCare and Trinity Medical Center will represent a total health delivery system that can effectively manage the health resources of this community," said John E. Sheehan, M.D., a Minot physician. "The association will provide the structure to support quality care under the direction of physicians. It also will provide a supportive, flexible environment for Minot-area health care providers."
 Trinity Medical Center president Terry G. Hoff called DakotaCare the "dawn of a new era" in health care in northwest North Dakota. "By integrating the roles of primary care physicians, specialists and the medical center, Trinity has the organization, resources, experience and expertise to meet the changes and challenges of health reform," he said.
 DakotaCare will be supported by an expansion of Trinity's current Physician Operations Division. DakotaCare is a separate corporation with its own board of directors. Members of DakotaCare may choose to receive an array of support services from Trinity Medical Center, become a member of Trinity's employed physician group, or remain independent.
 "This partnership helps the independent physician community sustain and develop their practices," said Irwin J. Epstein, M.D., a Minot internist. "We'll achieve the operational benefits of a managed care system while providing the flexibility, autonomy and individualism of a solo practice."
 Hoff said DakotaCare will offer both physicians and the medical center an opportunity to control costs.
 "The board and management of Trinity Medical Center believe that an integrated health care system is not only the way of the future, but is also a model that benefits everyone. By taking steps now to integrate our community's health resources, we can all look toward the future with optimism and peace of mind," Hoff stated.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Muhlbradt, community relations of Trinity Medical Center, 701-857-5116/

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