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Latest N.J. hospital mega-merger unites Hackensack, Meridian

TRENTON — The merger of Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health was finalized Tuesday, uniting 11 hospitals in seven counties from the New York border to the Jersey shore, according to hospital officials.

Declaring the new entity known as Hackensack Meridian Health “clinically strong and fiscally healthy,” the CEOs from both systems will preside over nine acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals and 120 other locations that provide ambulatory care, surgical care, urgent care and assisted living services.

The merger takes effect July 1, according to a statement from the new hospital system. The company will have 28,000 employees and nearly 6,000 physicians, hospital officials said.

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