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Providence and St. Joseph hospital chains are in talks to merge

Providence and St. Joseph hospital chains are in talks to merge

Two major Catholic hospital systems with a big presence across the Southland — Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health — want to join forces amid an industrywide consolidation drive. The two health systems said Friday that they had signed a letter of intent to merge into a single organization. But they cautioned that discussions are in the "very early stages" and details about a partnership might not be finalized for several months. The combination would bring together hospitals in California, Oregon, Texas and several other states as well as some well-known institutions in Southern California. Some of their hospitals include Providence St. Joseph...

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