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CHS' Acquisition of Pennsylvania's Mercy Health Necessitates Name Change

Community Health Systems' planned acquisition of Scranton, Pa.-based Mercy Health Partners will mean a name change for the health system, according to a Times-Tribune report.

Catholic Health Partners, which currently owns Mercy and hospitals in other regions under the same name, will retain the Mercy title.

The hospital is currently using focus groups to explore possible names for the health system.

The purchase price offered by CHS was not disclosed, but the deal includes a $68-million pledge from CHS to invest in Mercy facilities over the next five years as well as $2 million to a foundation that will promote community health.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Vatican must approve the deal before it is finalized. Mercy will lose its Catholic affiliation as a result of the sale, but CHS has said it will keep the system's religious symbols, chapel and chaplaincy program, according to the report.

Read the Times-Tribune report on Mercy Health Partners.

Read more coverage on Mercy Health Partners:

- CHS Acquisition of Pennsylvania's Mercy Hospital May Alter Catholic Status

CHS to Acquire Pennsylvania's Mercy Health Partners

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