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April 11, 2019

Around the nation: Atrium, Wake Forest to merge, create new academic health system

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    The new system would train about 2,300 students, residents, and fellows per year, and it would offer the nation's largest post-graduate fellowship program for NPs and PAs, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

    • Illinois: Thorek Memorial Hospital recently filed an application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to acquire Methodist Hospital for $22.5 million. Thorek said the acquisition would allow the hospitals to realize cost savings and provide better patient care. A spokesperson for Methodist Hospital said the facility will "stay open" and remain a community hospital if it is acquired by Thorek (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/9).

    • North Carolina: On Wednesday, Charlotte-based Atrium Health announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with Winston-Salem-based Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University and create an academic health care system that would train about 3,200 students, residents, and fellows per year. The proposed system also would offer the county's largest post-graduate fellowship program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The organizations are expected to sign a final agreement later this year (Morse, Healthcare Finance, 4/10; Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/10; Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 4/10).

    • Pennsylvania: Jennersville Hospital just named Claire Mooney as its new president and CEO. Mooney became interim leader of the hospital in Nov. 2018 and previously served as the hospital's CNO. She has worked at Tower Health, Jennersville Hospital's parent company, since 2016 (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/9). 

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