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The health networks in Pennsylvania are taking steps towards a merger. Lehigh Valley Health Network and Jefferson Health have signed a definitive agreement to combine, LVHN announced in a statement on Wednesday. The deal is expected to be completed this summer, pending final reviews and execution of closing conditions.

The new health system will be among the top 25 largest in the country. The networks say that the combined system would be one of the top 15 nonprofit health systems in the U.S. With 30 hospitals and 700 outpatient sites, patients will have access to a vast network of medical facilities. The combined workforce will consist of 65,000 people.

As for leadership of the integrated system, Jefferson’s CEO, Joseph Cacchione, will continue to serve as CEO of the Jefferson enterprise. LVHN’s president and chief executive officer, Brian Nester, will serve as executive vice president/chief operating officer of the Jefferson enterprise and president of the legacy LVHN, reporting directly to Cacchione. Nester had stated in December that no job cuts were expected since there were no overlapping operations between the existing networks; however, down the road there may be some as they look at synergies between their collective facilities.

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