Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System agree to merge

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After two years of negotiations, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System, the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center, have agreed to merge.

The health systems submitted a merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General, and if the plan is approved, the combined health system could be operational by early 2018.

Northside and Gwinnett first entered negotiations to merge in September 2015.

“Both systems have taken the necessary time to conduct this process carefully and deliberately,” the health systems said in a release.

It will take two years to fully integrate the two systems.The new system’s name and branding have not been determined yet.

“Northside Hospital is a leader in cancer care, women’s health and specialized surgical care, while Gwinnett Health System has strengths in cardiovascular care, sports medicine and post-acute care,” the systems said on a website launched Aug. 17 to help educate the public about the merger. “The service areas are adjacent to one another — ideal for focusing investment on care expansion, overall clinical capacity and improved patient access.”

No employees from either health system will lose their jobs as a result of the merger.

The Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,479 beds, nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians.

Northside Hospital has hospitals in Sandy Springs, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. Gwinnett has hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville, Ga

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