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Hospitals Tout New Alliance's Ability to Share Knowledge, Pool Resources

Three New Jersey hospital systems have joined with four Pennsylvania systems to create the largest hospital alliance in the country, raising the possibility of quickly spreading best practices but also leading healthcare analysts to warn about the power of new hospital blocs.

Hospitals Tout New Alliance’s Ability to Share Knowledge, Pool Resources

Three New Jersey hospital systems have joined with four Pennsylvania systems to create the largest hospital alliance in the country, raising the possibility of quickly spreading best practices but also leading healthcare analysts to warn about the power of new hospital blocs.

Creation of the alliance could signal the arrival in New Jersey of a trend in which hospitals form huge networks in order to strengthen their ability to achieve large-scale savings and efficiencies.

Morristown-based Atlantic Health System, Hackensack University Health Network, and Neptune-based Meridian Health are becoming partners with Lancaster General Health of Lancaster, Pa.; Lehigh Valley Health Network of Allentown, Pa.; Reading Health System of Reading, Pa.; and WellSpan Health of York, Pa., to form AllSpire Health Partners.

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