Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in Talks to Form U.S. ‘s Largest Hospital Operator

Hospital operators Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks to merge and create the nation’s largest hospital chain, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday.

A merger between St. Louis-based Ascension, and Providence, of Washington, would have 191 hospitals, many clinics and just under $45 billion in annual revenue, according to the WSJ. The combined, not-for-profit system would also dethrone the nation's largest pure hospital operator, the Hospital...

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