Merger on the horizon
Monday, July 29, 2019
UnityPoint Health, the Des Moines-based health care organization which operates UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, is anticipated to merge with Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the two companies announced Friday.
The transaction between the two health care giants is subject to various regulatory reviews, but could be finalized by the end of 2019.
Once finalized, the partnership will result in the formation of a new company.
The announcement impacts the entire UnityPoint Health organization, including its Fort Dodge hospital.
UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, which includes the hospital and multiple clinics, employs more than 1,000 people.
The implications for employees are relatively unknown, according to Alyssa Stanek, UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge senior marketing communications specialist.
“In the months ahead we will be working closely with Sanford Health to determine exactly what our combined workforce might look like and ensure we have the right roles for the care people will need both today and into the future,” Stanek said. “Sanford and UnityPoint Health share a commitment to ensuring we have the right team members, physicians and leaders to deliver a world-class personalized experience. That said, no organization can ever commit to no reductions or layoffs. Our goal is to preserve our talented team members while meeting the sustainability needs of a high-performing organization.”
Stanek said patients won’t notice any immediate changes.