Mass. au­thor­ity OKS Lahey-north­east merger

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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.

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