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Sanford Health Suspends Merger Discussions With Intermountain Healthcare


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with Intermountain Healthcare said Sanford Health has decided to suspend merger talks following the recent departure of the South Dakota-based health care company’s president and CEO.

The two health care systems announced plans to complete a merger in 2021 on Oct. 26.

“We are disappointed but understand the recent leadership change at Sanford Health has influenced their priorities,” said Dr. Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. “There’s much to admire about the work that Sanford Health is doing. We continue to share a strong vision for the future of health care.”

Kelby Krabbenhoft, who served as Sanford’s president and CEO for 25 years, left the company and the Sanford Health Board of Trustees last week appointed Bill Gassen as the organization’s new president and CEO. 

“With this leadership change, it’s an important time to refocus our efforts internally as we assess the future direction of our organization,” Gassen said. “We continue to prioritize taking care of our patients, our people and the communities we serve as we look to shape our path forward.”

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sanford Health includes 46 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries.

The combined company would have employed about 90,000 people in 70 hospitals and 435 clinics across seven states, officials said in October.

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