Getting to know Intermountain Healthcare: Why now?

Two organizations to pioneer the future of health care together

Sanford Health News host Courtney Collen sits down with Dr. Marc Harrison and Kelby Krabbenhoft to discuss the merge planned for 2021.

Note: All individuals in this video were tested for COVID-19 prior to this interview, appropriately masked before and after the interview and properly spaced according to CDC guidelines. 

Change to health care is on the horizon and the leaders of two large regional systems are eager to make things official.

Monday in Sioux Falls, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare and South Dakota-based Sanford Health announced a plan to combine into one organization mid-2021.

Read more: Intermountain Healthcare, Sanford Health intend to merge

Interviewing for the first time together with Sanford Health News, the leaders of both organizations sat down for a conversation in Salt Lake City to discuss the drive behind this decision. Marc Harrison, M.D., is the President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare and Kelby Krabbenhoft is the President and CEO of Sanford Health.

“Great organizations continue to do research and development and grow even during hard times,” Dr. Marc Harrison said. “They continue to invest and grow even in hard times. Even if you have to tighten your belt in one area, you’ve got to invest in another if you’re going to remain relevant. We must continue to do this kind of activity.”

“It’s a moment in history for both organizations where we just found each other meshing really well. Our boards and our management teams have come together in the same way we have,” Kelby Krabbenhoft said. “That’s the reason why it’s happening now.”

Watch: Sanford Health News sits down with Dr. Marc Harrison and Kelby Krabbenhoft in Salt Lake City

Who’s who

Intermountain Healthcare

  • Based in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 41,000 caregivers
  • Serves the Intermountain West, primarily in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada
  • 24 hospitals (one that is virtual)
  • 225 clinics
  • A medical group
  • Home care, telehealth, health insurance plans, and other services

Sanford Health

  • Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 48,000 employees
  • 1,500 providers
  • Serves 26 states and 10 countries
  • 46 hospitals
  • 210 clinics
  • 366 Good Samaritan Society senior care and senior living centers
  • Genomic medicine, global clinics, research, health insurance and other services

Sanford Health News will continue its coverage following this announcement and share more from leaders of Sanford Health and Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. Topics will include a look at what this means for workforce, patients and the impact and investment on communities in which each organization serves.

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