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Ascension, Providence St. Joseph, reportedly in talks to merge

The deal would create country's largest health system.

Susan Morse, Senior Editor

Ascension, among the nation's largest nonprofit health systems, and Providence St. Joseph Health are considering a merger that would create the largest health system in the U.S., according to reports that came out over the weekend.

Providence St. Joseph Health in Washington State has 50 hospitals. Ascension, the largest Catholic health system, operates through its healthcare division 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

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Together they would create a health system of 191 hospitals in 27 states, with combined revenue of close to $45 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

This would be more than the largest for-profit hospital, HCA Healthcare. A deal would signal another round in the ongoing consolidation race between hospitals and health insurers.

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Neither Ascension nor Providence St. Joseph immediately returned a request for comment.

Ascension recently went through a national unified branding of its health system in the U.S. to have consistent names for Ascension facilities and services.

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