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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Cadence Health Reach Definitive Merger Agreement

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago and Cadence Health in Winfield, Ill., have approved a definitive merger agreement.

The agreement, which is still subject to regulatory approvals, would create an integrated healthcare delivery system including four hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 60 total sites of care in the Chicago area, according to a news release. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This past March, the two health systems signed a letter of intent to merge. Under the deal, Northwestern Medicine would be the parent organization of the four-hospital network. The hospitals include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center that would serve as the flagship, Northwestern Lake Forest (Ill.) Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill. Northwestern President and CEO Dean Harrison would serve as CEO of the combined system, while Cadence President and CEO Mike Vivoda would be regional president.

The proposed merger marks Cadence's second attempt to find a partner. In January, Cadence and Rockford (Ill.) Health System ended merger discussions after executives said there were "differences" in strategic and operational planning. Cadence formed in 2011 after Central DuPage Health and Delnor Health System agreed to merge.

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