The news that integration talks between Mercy and Patients First are continuing is good news. The two organizations have signed an agreement for exclusive negotiations to integrate the two health care organizations. They have been competitors for some patient services since Patients First began operations in 1998. Mercy has owned and operated the Washington area hospital since 1976.
If the integration comes about, the winners are the patients. Combined, the two organizations would give this area an even stronger health care presence and would provide a powerful medical force.
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