Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center) announced today they have cleared the final regulatory hurdle toward combining operations.

“We are excited to move forward on the merging of our two health systems,” Northside President and CEO Bob Quattrocchi said in a news release. “Leaders from both systems are already meeting to develop a comprehensive integration plan that honors our employees and physicians. This plan ensures that our patients continue to receive quality health care with no disruption of service.”

The merger agreement was approved by the Georgia attorney general’s office in November 2017. Late last week, the Federal Trade Commission completed its review of the combination and gave its approval to move forward. The two systems now will focus on finalizing patient, operational and business functions. The combined system is expected to be operational by this summer.

“Through the merged entity, Gwinnett County will continue to have access to world-class medical treatment,” said Gwinnett Health President and CEO Philip Wolfe said in a news release. “Health care is a dynamic industry that requires complex technology, highly skilled medical professionals and exceptional leadership. I’m confident the merger will help sustain our ability to offer leading-edge, compassionate and effective health care close to home for many years to come.”

Northside and Gwinnett Health are both driven by quality patient care and satisfaction, strong medical professionals, health care innovation and unparalleled patient access.

Anchored by five hospitals in Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Cumming, Canton and Duluth, the new nonprofit health system will also operate additional sites of care including cancer treatment, imaging, surgical, urgent care and other outpatient centers throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,604 inpatient beds, over 250 outpatient locations, 21,000 employees and more than 3,500 physicians on staff.

For regular updates, visit www.northsidegwinnett.com.

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