Sanford Health, Good Samaritan Society complete merger

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Two major South Dakota-based companies have officially completed their merger.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan society and Sanford Health announced their new alliance was completed Wednesday morning.This merger has been in the works for a little more than one year now.

The Good Samaritan society's membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of the move in June. With this move, the merged organization now has 45 hospitals, nearly 300 clinics and more than 200 senior care locations. Those locations employ nearly 50,000 people.

Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft says combining the two companies also brings together the talent and resources of each group of employees.

He says patients will see an improvement in how two different, but equally important, types of care work together.

“Really the challenge that long-term care has been in is really provoking this opportunity. So that's a good thing. It's a chance to fix something and at the same time, make the whole of what we represent better,” said Krabbenhoft.

Krabbenhoft says the merger also increases Sanford’s nationwide footprint. Instead of mainly focusing on facilities in the Midwest, there is now work to be done in places like Hawaii and Florida.

David Horazdovsky remains CEO of the society and joined Sanford’s corporate leadership team.