Sanford Health mergers with Park Rapids-based mental health center

Sanford Health has merged with Park Rapids-area mental health provider, “A Better Connection.”

The merger will be complete Wednesday, Dec. 13, and will be rebranded as Sanford Health Park Rapids Behavioral Health Center.

According to a release, ABC has served the Park Rapids area since 2012 and provides behavioral health access for families, groups and individuals including for chemical health, child therapy, diagnostic assessments, and animal-assisted therapy.

“After months of due diligence, we are excited to join forces with ABC to provide and expand behavioral health care services for the Park Rapids community,” shared James Coughenour, senior director of behavioral health services at Sanford Health Bemidji.

“ABC programs are critical to the community, and their mental health expertise paired with Sanford Health’s commitment to quality care close to home make this partnership a natural step in expanding the community’s behavioral health services together.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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