PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Executives with Eastern Maine Healthcare System and Mercy Health System of Maine say state regulators have approved their merger.
Both organizations issued a joint news release announcing that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has issued EMHS the final regulatory approval required to complete the merger.
EMHS, based in Brewer, operates eight hospitals, five emergency-transport units, a home care and hospice organization, and nine nursing homes and retirement communities in central, eastern and northern Maine.
Portland-based Mercy Health Systems' facilities include Mercy Hospital, Gary's House, McAuley Residence, Mercy Recovery Center and VNA Home Health Hospice.
The deal will increase the total number of EMHS employees from roughly 8,000 to 11,000 and give EMHS a major presence in southern Maine.
Officials say they don't anticipate layoffs.
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