Sanford ends merger talks with Intermountain after CEO’s abrupt departure

The merger talks are off between Sanford Health and Intermountain Healthcare, just a month after an agreement was announced and just over a week after Sanford’s CEO abruptly stepped down. 

Former Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft left Nov. 24 in what the board called a mutual decision after making the controversial claim that he didn’t need to wear a mask because he can’t transmit COVID-19 after contracting the coronavirus. Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford cited the leadership change in its decision to pause current merger and acquisition activity while they address other needs. 

Sanford has 46 hospitals and operates in North Dakota, South Dakota, Northwest Iowa and Western Minnesota. The system drew almost $7 billion in total revenue in 2019. Intermountain, which drew $7.6 billion in revenue last year, has 24 hospitals and operates in Utah, Idaho and Nevada.

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