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Former Sanford Medical Center President Millirons dies

Dennis Millirons, the former president of Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, discusses the design for Fargo's new Sanford hospital on Oct. 10, 2013. Millirons died April 2, 2018, at age 66. Forum file photo

FARGO — Dennis Millirons, who served as president of Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for four years, has died at age 66 in Texas.

Millirons, who had more than 40 years of experience in hospital administration, was named president of Sanford Medical Center here when Fargo-based MeritCare merged with Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., in November 2009.

He died in The Hills, Texas, on Monday, April 2, according to his obituary, which said his death was "sudden and unexpected."

"He has accomplished the work we asked of him related to the significant merger of MeritCare and Sanford four years ago, and now I want him to work on other key initiatives," Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford's president and chief executive officer, said when Millirons stepped down from the position in 2013. "It's just the right time for him and the right time for us."

Nate White, a Sanford executive vice president, credited Millirons with playing a key role in a transitional time.

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis Millirons," White said. "Dennis was instrumental during some of Sanford's biggest changes in the last decade. He was with us through the merger of MeritCare and Sanford in 2009 and through the beginning stages of the construction of our new Sanford Medical Center. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family during this difficult time."

Before joining Sanford, Millirons was CEO of Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. After leaving Sanford, Millirons was interim president of Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital.

He served the American College of Healthcare Executives as a member of the Council of Regents in North Dakota, among other positions on governing boards, and also held several faculty appointments over the years in Oklahoma, his native state, Illinois and Texas.

Millirons' survivors include his wife of 41 years, Phyllis, their daughter, Kathryn, and two granddaughters.