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Northside Hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center to merge in Georgia, form integrated system

The new system will serve the Atlanta and North Georgia region.

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Georgia's Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center will merge, the healthcare providers announced Thursday, creating a combined health system that includes 1,400 beds and would employ more than 3,500 physicians.

Monetary terms of the deal, which is expected to close in early 2016, were not announced.

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The new system will serve the Atlanta and North Georgia region with the Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville anchoring the system.

The system will include several other hospitals, cancer treatment centers, imaging centers, medical office buildings, urgent care centers and other outpatient facilities.

Georgia's attorney general must approve the deal before it can close.

"Northside Hospital is a regional and national leader in women's health and cancer care, while Gwinnett Medical Center is a leader in cardiac care, trauma care and sports medicine," Gwinnett Medical Center CEO Philip Wolfe said in a statement. "Going forward, our strategy will be to leverage our respective strengths in our expanded footprint and provide the total spectrum of health care to patients not only in our market area, but throughout Georgia and the Southeast."

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