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A Letter From Our CEO

November 12, 2019

To Our Patients and Communities at UnityPoint Health,

In June 2019, we announced a potential partnership with Sanford Health, a health system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After months of serious consideration, UnityPoint Health and Sanford Health have decided not to move forward with a formal partnership at this time. Instead, we will pursue our individual missions separately, as high-performing health systems with unique strengths and cultures. We hold a deep respect for Sanford and will explore opportunities to work together in future on behalf of the people and communities we each serve.

You may be wondering how this decision impacts you or your families. To some degree, it doesn’t—we will continue to be a people-first organization. As your partner in health, we will work to provide the right compliment of services to all our communities. Our physicians, team members, hospitals and home care entities are whole-heartedly committed to making your entire health care journey easier and more personal—because we believe that’s what you deserve.

However, we will keep seeking new ways to do better, on your behalf. We remain committed to improving healthcare for today, tomorrow and generations to come. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—you’ve made the choice to trust us with your health care, and we don’t take that decision lightly. Showing you how much you matter to this world is our top priority. You are at the heart of every move we make.

Thanks for being a part of our UnityPoint Health family.

Sincerely,

Kevin Vermeer

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