|Lourdes Hospital (West Kentucky Star photo)|
The two Roman Catholic chains will "form a 43-hospital entity that serves seven states," and would be "the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country," Alex Kacik reports for Modern Healthcare. Executives of the chains said that would "leverage economies of scale to deliver better, more affordable care," Kacik reports, based on a joint press release. "They expect to complete the merger by the end of the year."
|Photo by Kevin Goldy, Ashland Daily Independent|
Mercy Health, the largest hospital chain in Ohio, operated a hospital in Owensboro until 1995, when it merged with Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital and was renamed Owensboro Mercy Health System. In 2003, the hospital and other facilities became Owensboro Medical Health System, which opened the new Owensboro Health hospital in 2013.