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Vatican Approves Lowell General, Saints Medical Merger

Catholic officials at the Vatican have approved the merger between Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital and Saints Medical Center in Lowell, which will give LGH ownership of Saints Medical Center, according to a Sentinel & Enterprise report.

The deal between the hospitals has been in the works for more than 10 years, according to the report. However, in October 2001, hospital officials learned that the Archdiocese of Boston rejected the merger proposal, effectively ending the deal at that time.

In March, the hospitals reinvigorated the deal with a definitive agreement. In May, the proposal received the State Department of Public Health's approval.

Although the hospitals will form one entity, under the agreement, Saints Medical Center will remain a Catholic entity, according to the report. Family planning and women's reproductive health issues will be handled at LGH.

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