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Sanford Health, UnityPoint Health merger called off

(KTIV) – A planned merger between Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health appears to be over.

Sanford Health’s president and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft released a statement Tuesday night about the merger.

“Our conversations regarding a potential merger with UnityPoint Health have ended. We were excited at the opportunity our combination would have provided to create a new health system of national prominence,” said Krabbenhoft. “The executive management teams and physicians worked diligently for 18 months to provide a merger recommendation to the boards. We are disappointed that the UnityPoint Health board failed to embrace the vision. Our focus now is on the patients and communities we serve and the 50,000 people working tirelessly to support them.”

UnityPoint Health says after significant consideration they will not be moving forward with a formal partnership with Sanford Health.

“I’m tremendously proud of our organization and we will continue to work tirelessly to evaluate any avenue that improves the delivery of health care,” said Kevin Vermeer, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health. “Sanford is an exceptional organization with a bright future ahead. UnityPoint Health moves forward with strong roots and a fierce commitment to improving the experience of the people we serve.”

Sanford and UnityPoint Health signed a letter of intent to explore joining their two brands back in June.

The combined company would have ranked among the top 15 largest nonprofit health systems in the country, with operations in 26 states and nine countries. The company’s predicted revenue was $11 billion.

The merged organization would have employed more than 83,000 staff and 2,600 physicians.

UnityPoint operates 32 hospitals and has relationships with 280 physician clinics throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Sanford Heath’s organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries.

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