Two of the South Dakota's largest employers will soon become one.
On Tuesday The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Membership voted to merge with Sanford.
The two organizations first announced they were exploring a possible merger in November.
"This forward-thinking plan will become a national model to serve communities with exceptional care and value through the full spectrum of one's life," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford. "Leaders at the Good Samaritan Society should be commended for their visionary strategies in joining with Sanford to create this cutting-edge opportunity."
Good Sam has 19,000 employees in 24 states providing senior care services, while Sanford has 28,000 employees in nine states.
Both are headquartered in Sioux Falls.
Last year Good Sam laid off more than 100 people at its national campus in Sioux Falls.
The Membership vote clears the way to begin the regulatory review process.
The goal is to bring the organizations together by Jan. 1, 2019.
Hear from the leaders of both organizations about what this means tonight on Your Money Matters on KELOLAND News at 10 p.m.
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