PARK CITY, Utah — Last week, Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health signed a letter of intent to merge.
Intermountain is the largest hospital system in Utah.
“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,” said Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Intermountain. “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.”
Upon completion of the merger, the combined healthcare organization would employ more than 58,000 caregivers and operate 33 hospitals. They would also run 385 clinics across six states (Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, and Kansas) and provide health insurance to roughly one million people.
“SCL Health and Intermountain are pursuing our merger from positions of strength,” said Lydia Jumonville, president and CEO of SCL Health. “We are two individually strong health systems that are seeking to increase care quality, accessibility, and affordability. We will advance our missions and better serve the entire region together.”
The merged system would be headquartered in Salt Lake City with a regional office in Broomfield, Colorado. Dr. Marc Harrision of Intermountain would serve as the president and CEO while Lydia Jumonville of SCL will stay in her current role while serving as a board member.
The new board will be integrated from both organizations.
While the organization will be named Intermountain Healthcare, SCL Health’s Catholic hospitals will retain their Catholic names and continue to operate under existing practices.
The official agreement is set to be finalized at the end of this year. Pending all approvals, the merger is expected to close early in 2022.