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Beth Israel Deaconess, Lahey End Merger Discussions

The creation of a new potential mega-system in Boston has petered out, according to a Boston Globe report.

Sources told the newspaper that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Lahey Health in Burlington, Mass., are no longer looking to merge. Included in the proposed alliance would also have been three physician groups: Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC, Lahey Clinic Physicians Group and Atrius Health, a community physicians group that already refers patients to the two systems.

BIDMC and Lahey, which entered affiliation talks last spring, ended discussions because the groups were unsure of who would lead the new system and what the new board of directors would look like, according to the Globe report.

Both organizations have expanded in their own ways in an effort to keep up with the increasingly consolidated Boston market. In October, the Massachusetts Public Health Council signed off on the affiliation between BIDMC and Jordan Health Systems, the parent company of Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Mass. Lahey reached a formal agreement to partner with Winchester (Mass.) Hospital in September.

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