Good Samaritan Society of Sanford Health Looking to Expand

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health have officially completed their merger. The merged organization now operates in 26 states, with more than $5 billion in annual revenue, 48,622 employees, more than 200 senior housing and care facilities, 44 medical centers, 482 clinics, 190,000 Sanford Health Plan members, 1,382 physicians, 973 advanced practice providers and 9,703 registered nurses delivering care in more than 80 specialty areas.

The two organizations already operated a joint venture together called Prospera, first announced in July 2016, with five senior living communities in North Dakota. Randy Bury, formerly Sanford’s chief administration officer, is now president of Good Samaritan.

The new entity will work toward achieving their combined goal of offering a more integrated, community-based health system with the opportunity to serve and care for individuals through the entire span of life. The new company will operate as Good Samaritan Society of Sanford Health.

The merger may mean the nonprofit closes some senior living communities in an effort to consolidate the combined organization’s operations. The merger also offers the new organization an opportunity to expand its purpose in current locations as well as new locations around the country.