Mass. authority OKS Lahey-northeast merger
The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the merger between the Lahey Clinic, a 327-bed hospital in Burlington, Mass., and Northeast Health System, Beverly, Mass. The providers had announced plans to merge and develop an integrated delivery system in July. Northeast Health System is composed of 321-bed Beverly Hospital, which includes Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass. The new Lahey Health System will operate in northeastern Massachusetts, beginning May 1, and will employ 1,100 physicians and 10,000 employees, according to a Northeast Health System spokeswoman. Under the state’s conditions of approval, which both organizations agreed with, Northeast Health System will maintain services at Addison Gilbert Hospital at current levels for a minimum of three years and also conduct a community-needs assessment. The deal is expected to close at the end of April.