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Saltzer Health will soon be under new ownership.

Starting Oct. 1, Saltzer Health will join Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, according to a news release. Tommy Ahlquist’s development firm Ball Ventures Ahlquist purchased Saltzer in early 2019.

Saltzer employs 80 physicians and providers and currently services 102,000 patients annually at eight locations in Canyon and Ada counties providing primary, specialty, and urgent care. The company has two clinics and a medical office complex under construction scheduled to open soon.

‘Excited’ to join together

After the sale is finalized, Saltzer will join Intermountain’s 2,500 physicians in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada with a network of 215 clinics and 24 hospitals. In Idaho, Intermountain’s service area includes a hospital and clinics in Burley. Intermountain is a non-profit health system. It is unrelated to local psychiatric facility Intermountain Hospital.

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“We’re excited to join together with Saltzer Health,” Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain president and CEO said in the release. “Both organizations are like-minded and share a commitment to keeping people well and providing the communities we serve with high-quality, value-based care. We’ll bring together unique strengths to provide extraordinary health services to patients.”

Saltzer was initially acquired by St. Luke’s Health System, but a judge voided the sale after an antitrust review.

Saltzer Health provided medical services for Ahlquist’s Crush the Curve organization, which provided testing sites around Idaho for employers and residents in need of testing for COVID-19. The sale of Saltzer Health to Intermountain will not impact Crush the Curve. Service to patients at Saltzer Health will not change due to the sale.

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Margaret Carmel
Margaret is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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