The state board has approved the merger between two of the largest healthcare providers in the area.
Back in January, officials with Edward Hospital and Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare announced their plans to join forces.
Combined, the merger would create a three hospital healthcare system, Edward, Elmhurst Memorial and Linden Oaks at Edward, with more than 50 locations, a combined revenue of more than one billion dollars, and would employ nearly 7,700 with more than 1,600 physicians.
Final merger plans are expected to be finalized July 1.
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