Sanford Health, Good Samaritan Society complete affiliation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Jan. 2, 2019 — The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health, two not-for-profit organizations with headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formally combined on Tuesday, Jan. 1. As a combined organization, it now employs nearly 50,000 people and offers health services spanning the continuum of life, including clinics, hospitals, health insurance and senior care services.

“We know that bringing these two organizations under one umbrella has many benefits for those we serve,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health president and CEO. “Being on the forefront of the changing health care landscape made this historic opportunity a reality.”

David Horazdovsky remains CEO of the Society and has joined Sanford Health’s corporate leadership team. Randy Bury has transitioned to president of the Society from his previous role as Sanford Health’s chief administrative officer.

The organizations began exploring an affiliation in late 2017. The Society’s membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of the affiliation in June 2018, which cleared regulatory review before the deal closed.

“With the affiliation complete, leaders can begin the exciting work of exchanging knowledge and developing ideas to better serve our patients and residents,” Krabbenhoft said. “Bringing the expertise together will create a national model on how to deliver exceptional care through the full spectrum of life.”

“The shared heritage of Sanford and the Society will guide the transformation of both organizations as a leader in providing care through the life span,” Horazdovsky said. “We look forward to expanding our horizons and providing care to more people in more places.”

By the numbers

With the Good Samaritan Society affiliation, Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, delivers integrated health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance to people in 26 states and nine countries.

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The Good Samaritan Society name has enormous value in post-acute and senior care, so Sanford Health will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.