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State Approves Lowell General and Saints Merger

Department of Public Health unanimously votes to approve hospitals' application to form a combined hospital

The Public Health Council of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today voted unanimously to approve Lowell General Hospital and Saints Medical Center's application to form a combined hospital that will operate under one license.

"This is a great day for Saints and Lowell General," said Norm Deschene, President and CEO of Lowell General, "and an even better day for the citizens of Greater Lowell. "We are one step closer to the union of these two great hospitals, which will help us realize our vision for a fully integrated health care system that provides all of the care residents need here in the community."

The merger will be completed when all necessary transfers of debt and financing and other approvals are complete.

In the meantime, Lowell General and Saints have formed a joint Steering Committee to lead the hospitals through the complex process of seamlessly integrating their operations.

Under the agreement Lowell General and Saints will combine to form one entity, although there will continue to be two hospital campuses. The combined hospital will be governed by one board of trustees, drawn from the current Lowell General and Saints boards. Current Lowell General President and CEO, Norm Deschene, will serve as president and CEO of the combined hospital.

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