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UMass Memorial Health to merge Clinton, HealthAlliance hospitals

The new entity, which officials said will be able to expand services, will get a new name.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

The UMass Memorial Health Care this week said it will merge its UMass Memorial Hospital - HealthAlliance and UMass Memorial - Clinton hospitals, the systems announced earlier this week.

Details of the planned merger will be filed and submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health next month for approval, and the review process could take up to six months before plans are approved.

Under the proposal, HealthAlliance Hospital and Clinton Hospital will merge under one license and the new entity will be rebranded.

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A joint leadership team of senior leaders from both HealthAlliance and Clinton will lead the new organization once the merger is approved, and will be comprised of current HealthAlliance board of trustees members and five current members of the Clinton Hospital Board of Trustees, along with one additional current Clinton Hospital Trustee who will serve on the Finance Committee. The current Clinton Hospital Association Board will remain intact as an Advisory Board reporting to the new board.

"Operating under one license gives the two geographically close campuses the ability to more evenly distribute services across both campuses. For Clinton Hospital, it gives us access to a broader range of services and specialists and for HealthAlliance they will have the opportunity to distribute volume more evenly," UMass Memorial said.

In the meantime, the systems said they have established a steering committee to guide strategic and operational planning for the merger, including regulatory, operational and branding strategies.

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