A subcommittee of the state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council on Thursday preliminarily approved a proposed merger of Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System, officials of the local health systems said.
The council, which has final say on the merger application RGHS and Unity jointly submitted to the state in January, is slated to consider the systems’ certificate of need application on April 10.
Federal regulators have yet to sign off on a Hart-Scott-Rodino Act application the health systems submitted to the Federal Trade Commission last year.
A wedding of the local health care organizations would create a five-hospital system spanning four counties. The resulting health system, which has yet to be named, would employ more than 13,000, making it the region’s second-largest private employer.
RGHS and Unity officials hope to have federal and state regulatory approvals in hand by August.
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