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Beaumont, Oakwood, Botsford in talks to form new health system

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Three Michigan health systems say they're in talks about combining their operations in what would form a $3.8 billion nonprofit health system.

Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare announced Friday they've signed a letter of intent and begun negotiations about combining. The new system would integrate their combined eight hospitals and 153 other patient care sites.

The three organizations say the combined health system would seek to improve services and outcomes for patients, as well as improve efficiency. The new organization would be governed by a single board. All three organizations would maintain existing medical school relationships.

Healthcare attorney Andrew Wachler says a possible alliance would benefits consumers with more in-network availabilities.

Last year, a plan to merge Beaumont and Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System into a single $6.4 billion nonprofit organization with 10 hospitals fizzled out.

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