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Boise’s Saltzer Health set for change in ownership — again

The parent company of Boise’s Saltzer Health is set to merge — again.

Last fall, Intermountain Healthcare announced it would combine with Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, SD — just a few weeks after Salt Lake City-based Intermountain purchased Saltzer.

But the deal didn’t go through. Intermountain and Sanford agreed to change course after Sanford’s CEO was removed after making comments about COVID-19.

Now, Intermountain says it found a new dance partner: SCL Health of Broomfield, Colorado. SCL (once short for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth) is a faith-based health system while Intermountain is secular — and both are non-profit. Hospitals with a legacy faith-based approach, currently owned by SCL, will keep that approach – while Intermountain facilities with a secular approach (as well as one SCL hospital that’s also secular) will stay that course as well.

The merger will bring 33 hospitals, 385 clinics and 58,000 employees under one umbrella. The combined Intermountain/SCL will also provide health insurance to about 1-million people.

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“We’re excited to merge with SCL Health to usher in a new frontier for the health of communities throughout the Intermountain West and beyond,” Intermountain President & CEO Dr. Marc Harrison said. “American healthcare needs to accelerate the evolution toward population health and value, and this merger will swiftly advance that cause across a broader geography. We’ll bring together the best practices of both organizations to do even more to enhance clinical excellence, transform the patient experience, and support healthy lives.”

Harrison will remain CEO of the merged non-profit, and headquarters will stay in Salt Lake City. The deal is expected to be complete next year.

The purchase is the latest twist in a multi-year process for Saltzer. It went from an independent group to a merger with St. Luke’s Health System thatcrumbled after an anti-trust lawsuit. It then reverted back to independent status before Ball Ventures Ahlquistpurchased it in 2019. BVA then sold it in 2020 to Intermountain.

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Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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