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Dr. Roger Gilbertson, who has been president and CEO of MeritCare for 16 years, plans to retire this year. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Outgoing MeritCare's CEO's mark was change

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FARGO - Roger Gilbertson's interest in medicine got its spark from a family doctor who often stayed for coffee after making a house call at their farm near Lake Park.

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Old Doc Andy Midthune served as an early role model for Gilbertson, a farm boy and college football quarterback who became a neuroradiologist and ultimately the head of the region's largest health care system, Fargo-based MeritCare.

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