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UnityPoint Health Announces Merger Plans

Two large health care systems in the midwest and upper great plains are planning to merge. Friday South Dakota-based Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health based in Iowa made the announcement.

If the merger is approved by regulators, it could take effect by the end of the year.

UnityPoint now operates 32 hospitals and has relationships with 280 physician clinics throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. They include hospitals in Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf, Muscatine, Dubuque, Peoria, Anamosa, and Carthage, Illinois.

Sanford Health includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries.

The combined company would rank among the top 15 largest non-profit health systems in the country. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.