Hackensack, Meridian receive legal approval to merge

After waiting more than a year, Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network and Neptune, N.J.-based Meridian Health received final legal approval to merge and form Hackensack Meridian Health.

The two systems announced plans to merge in October 2014 and signed a definitive agreement to merge in May 2015. On Tuesday, they received final approval from the state court and will begin to function as a legal entity on July 1.

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