Merger between South Dakota, Utah hospitals tips the scale

FILE - Healthcare worker Diane Alonso celebrates as a giant American flag is unfurled at Intermountain Medical Center on May 21, 2020, in Murray, Utah, as a way to honor frontline healthcare workers and recognize first responders as they care for COVID-19 patients. Sanford Health and Intermountain Healthcare said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, they plan to merge companies. If the deal is approved, it would unite Salt Lake City-based Intermountain with operations in Utah, Nevada and Idaho, with Sioux Falls-based Sanford, which operates in 24 states.