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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

May 9, 2012 - Boston, MA - 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.

About Lowell General Hospital

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. The hospital encompasses ten buildings, the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors, including: the Regional Center for Maternal and Pediatric Care in partnership with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, the Cancer Center, and the Heart and Vascular Center.

The main hospital campus offers 217 licensed beds, including 28 bassinets and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. The hospital's satellite campus, Lowell General Chelmsford, offers a variety of outpatient services, including the Surgery Center, the Imaging Center, the Patient Service Center, the Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery and Floating Hospital for Children's Pediatric Specialty Center.

Lowell General Hospital's family of services includes two health organizations which serve the community's health care needs in capacities outside of the hospital, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, which provides comprehensive home health care services and the Lowell Community Health Center, which meets the diverse medical, cultural and multi-lingual needs of the city's population.

Lowell General Hospital is a member of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. Hospital programs are accredited by the Joint Commission of Hospitals, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the American College of Surgeons, and the College of American Pathology.

About Saints Medical Center

Saints Medical Center is a not-for-profit, full service, acute care community hospital serving Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley since 1839. A 157-bed licensed medical center, Saints provides advanced health services to 315,000 residents in 25 towns. With nearly 400 physicians and 1,300 employees, Saints Medical Center is well known for outstanding medical care and patient-centered facilities including its Centers of Excellence in Cancer Care, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular Services and Women's Health. Saints also offers community-based care at several ambulatory sites and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community. Saints has clinical affiliations with several leading Boston academic medical centers and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Further information is available at www.saintsmedicalcenter.com.

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