Intermountain Healthcare announced Thursday that it is merging SCL Health, A faith-based, non-profit health care organization based in Colorado.
The two organizations have no geographic overlap in adjacent areas, so together they employ more than 58,000 caregivers, manage 33 hospitals, and operate 385 clinics across Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Montana and Kansas.
SCL Health is a $ 2.8 billion healthcare network that provides comprehensive, integrated care across hospitals, clinics, home health, hospice and mental health services throughout Colorado, Montana and Kansas. It merges eight hospitals and more than 160 physician clinics. Their hospitals retain their names and their Catholic identity, directions and values.
Both organizations are nationally recognized, major health service networks with a broad base, and CEOs of both organizations say this is more than voluntary action. He says the epidemic has not promoted the move, yet the epidemic has shown how each organization has navigated the crisis and it has increased mutual respect.
“SCL Health and Intermountain are pursuing our merger from energy positions,” said Lydia Jumonville, President and CEO of SCL Health. “We are two separate health systems that are trying to increase the quality of care, accessibility and affordability. We are leading our operations and serving the entire region together.”
For Intermountain, those capabilities include population health expertise, the digital health platform and the wider telehealth network. SCL Health specializes in managing a healthcare organization in several states.
The merged firm has a regional office in Broomfield, Colorado, in Salt Lake City and retains nonprofit status. Dr. Mark Harrison oversees the combined executive leadership team as president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. Jumonville will remain CEO of SCL Health and serve as a board member on the new combined board.
“We are excited to be merging with SCL Health to launch a new frontier for the health of the Intermountain West and beyond communities,” Harrison said. “American health care needs to accelerate the evolution of population health and value, and this merger will drive a broader geography. We combine best practices for both organizations to enhance and transform clinical excellence.
Intermountain Healthcare planned to merge earlier this year with a different organization called Sanford Health, but the merger failed when Sanford split with its former president and CEO Kelby Crabenhaft in November 2020, as he refused to wear a mask that had already hit Kovid-19.
At the time, Harrison said, “We are disappointed but understand that the recent leadership change at Sanford Health has affected their priorities.
“There is so much to be appreciated about the work that Sanford Health is doing. We will continue to share a visionary vision for the future of health care,” he said.
Both Sanford, and SCL Health have established Christian service forums and care for the sick and the poor, similar to Intermountain, founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sanford’s leadership changes in the middle of the Harrison merger have “disrupted” and “ruined” the deal, but it has led to the current merger as it knows SCL Health wants to expand Intermountain.
President Joe Bidens Recent Executive Order The hospital says the mergers will be reviewed at this time, but Harrison believes the nation will struggle to find two more dedicated healthcare organizations to reduce costs, even if it is not a “regulatory visage.”
“In many ways we represent a model merger,” he said. “We can’t guarantee that prices will ever go up, but look at our record.”
SCL Health currently requires Kovid-19 vaccination for its employees under state law. Intermountain has not made an official requirement, but Harrison said the firm is “always in compliance with federal regulations.”
“We never let our patients down. We do whatever it takes to take care of people,” he said.
With the Kovid-19 revival, leaders of organizations have said they prioritize caregiver and patient well-being above all else. The merger is expected to close in early 2022.