Intermountain CEO: How we do good while doing well

Merger with Sanford Health seeks to make impact on workforce and community

Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Dr. Marc Harrison sits down with Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft for an interview in Salt Lake City, Utah

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. 

Sanford Health News continues to help introduce Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare following an October announcement that it plans to merge with Sanford Health mid-2021.

“This has been a story of growth and opportunity and it’s going to continue to happen because of technology and competition. That’s opportunity for our people and we’ve learned that,” Sanford President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said. “It has not been something theoretical, we’ve experienced it.”

The leaders of both organizations sat down for a conversation Oct. 27 in Salt Lake City to discuss the drive behind this decision. They share a message with their employees — a combined workforce of nearly 90,000 people — as well as the impact and benefit to communities as the merger moves forward.

Marc Harrison, M.D., is the president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare.

“I want (both workforces) to know that I view this as an enormous privilege and responsibility. I hope they will benefit from the fact that the new organization will continue to be a forever organization for the communities that we serve,” Dr. Marc Harrison tells Sanford Health News, emphasizing the partnership and investment into communities will lead to better health for the populations it serves.

“It starts with being a sustainable model,” Dr. Harrison said. “And that’s a really good thing.

“How do you do good and do well at the same time? That’s the promise that I see for us. What an awesome responsibility but what a great opportunity.”

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

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