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Hackensack Medical Center has deal to merge with Meridian Health

Hackensack University Medical Center and its parent company have signed a definitive agreement with Meridian Health to merge the two systems a deal that will create the state’s largest hospital network.

The new organization, to be called Hackensack Meridian Health, will employ more than 23,000 people and have more than $3.4 billion in revenues, eclipsing Barnabas Health, currently the state’s largest health care system.

The deal, which is undergoing regulatory review, will create a system with 11 hospitals and two children’s hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties and a large network of outpatient services, including surgery centers, rehab facilities and cancer care.

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