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Hospital Merger Seeks to Create Regional Giant in the West

Utah’s largest hospital system, Intermountain Healthcare, will expand into the Midwest with a proposed merger to create a regional hospital giant, the latest pairing amid a spate of consolidation in the sector.

Under the deal unveiled Monday, Intermountain, a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sanford Health, a nonprofit based in Sioux Falls, S.D., would combine 69 hospitals across Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. The merger would also unite the two hospital systems’ insurance operations,…