The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has given the thumbs-up a 13-hospital merger, which, if completed, would be one of the largest hospital mergers in history.
The hospitals are attempting to band together in order to compete with hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, both of which are owned and operated by Partners Healthcare, according to Boston.com.
Hospitals involved in the proposed merger include New England Baptist Hospital, Newburyport-based Anna Jaques Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, New England Baptist Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital.
Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed, and nothing is official until the state's Public Health Council gives the go-ahead.
The proposed merger had drawn opposition, notably from the Make Healthcare Affordable Coalition, which decried the lack of an independent cost analysis.