Groundbreaking population health and value model will improve affordability and access to care
Salt Lake City, UT/Broomfield, CO (April 5, 2022) – Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health, two leading nonprofit healthcare organizations, completed their merger, creating a model health system to provide high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare to more patients and communities in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas. Good Samaritan Medical Center of Lafayette is now part of Intermountain Healthcare.
This combination employs more than 59,000 caregivers, operates 33 hospitals (including one virtual hospital), and runs 385 clinics across seven states while providing health insurance to one million people in Utah and Idaho. With the close of this merger, Intermountain Healthcare is the eleventh largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.
Mike Leavitt will serve as the new Board Chair for the combined organization. In previous roles, he served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.
The Board includes representation from the pre-merger boards of both Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health. The most recent Intermountain Healthcare Board Chair, Gail Miller, and most recent SCL Health Board Chair, Michael L. Fordyce, will continue as members of the combined board. Fordyce will serve as Board Vice-Chair of the Intermountain Healthcare Board and as Board Chair of the Intermountain region board based in Broomfield, Colorado, and Miller will serve as Board Chair of the new region board based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The new organization, Intermountain Healthcare, is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with regional offices in Broomfield, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison, MD, is confident about this united effort. “With this merger, we’ll create a model for the future of healthcare that focuses on keeping people healthy and proactively addresses causes of illness through high-quality, affordable, and accessible care to more patients,” Harrison said. “The merger provides a model for healthcare for the rest of the country.”
Dr. Harrison leads the new organization. Lydia Jumonville, as the Executive Sponsor, will lead the integration of the two systems and work in partnership with Harrison and serve as a member of the new Intermountain Board. In addition to the newly integrated Board of Trustees, the enterprise leadership team has been selected from both systems as the dynamic integration process is now moving forward.
“We’re pleased with how our organizations have come together,” said Jumonville. “Our work is well underway, and we are being very thoughtful about moving the best of our systems forward to continue providing the highest quality of care in the communities we serve. We will advance our mission and better serve the entire region together.”
SCL Health’s Catholic hospitals will retain their distinctive Catholic names and continue to operate according to existing practices. Good Samaritan Medical Center President Dawn Anuszkiewicz is enthusiastic about the next chapter. “This is an incredibly exciting time for the entire community of Good Samaritan Medical Center. Intermountain and SCL Health share a vision to transform how care is delivered in our service area with patients, caregivers, and communities at the center. This means combining forces to drive a better consumer experience. Our corporate name may be changing, but we will proudly continue to serve the greater Boulder community as Good Samaritan Medical Center.”
Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 25 hospitals, 225 clinics, 42,000 employees, a medical group, SelectHealth insurance company, and other health services in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare system of eight hospitals, 160 physician clinics, and 16,000 employees. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, SCL Health today provides comprehensive, coordinated care at its hospitals, clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net locations in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is an award-winning, 234-bed acute-care hospital in Lafayette, CO. Opened in 2004, Good Samaritan brings comprehensive, quality care to everyone in Boulder County and the northwest Denver metro area. Good Samaritan is a Level II Trauma Center, a Joint
Commission Primary Stroke and Chest Pain Center, a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, and Colorado’s first designated Baby-Friendly Hospital. Based on a culture of caregivers who put patients and families at the center of everything they do, Good Samaritan has become one of the highest rated and most trusted hospitals in the communities we serve.