Merger, handshake

The mega merger of Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health could bring expanded home health services to patients in a half dozen western states.

Salt Lake City, UT-based Intermountain and Broomfield, CO-based SCL signed a letter of intent last week to create an expanded nonprofit healthcare system in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and Kansas. The combined healthcare system would employ 58,000 caregivers at 33 hospitals and 385 clinics that serve roughly 1 million people.

Intermountain Healthcare offers a variety of home-based services including home healthcare, palliative care, hospice, hospital-at-home and home medical equipment. SCL also offers home healthcare.

“American healthcare needs to accelerate the evolution toward population health and value and this merger will swifty advance that cause across a broader geography,” Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison, M.D., said in a statement. “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. 

The deal should be finalized by the end of the year. The combined company will be headquartered in Salt Lake City.