Hospital merger to increase efficiency, improve patient care  Hospitals and the health care industry as a whole are being pushed to become more efficient as they prepare for the full implementation of President Obama's historic health care law over the next few years. In Illinois, the Delnor Health System and Central DuPage Health announced they have completed a merger, forming a new health system.

According to executives from the newly formed enterprise, the new hospital system will serve a patient population of more than 1 million people. The deal was first announced in October, but has been moving forward over the past few weeks after it cleared preliminary regulatory approvals; on Thursday, each of the hospital's board of directors completed its final approval of the transaction.

"Today, we have created a new health system with greater scale to provide patients with even higher quality care, access to a greater number of specialists, a broader range of clinical capabilities and a more integrated approach to health care," said Central DuPage board chairman C. William Pollard. Delnor Health System chairman William A. Wolford echoed that sentiment, affirming the "goal is to establish a healthcare system that meets our patients’ changing needs and elevates the caliber and breadth of affordable health care in the region."

With the merger, the hospitals will be able to boost efficiency and cut costs thanks to information sharing and a streamlining of patient care. Per terms of the deal, both hospitals will maintain their individual identity, but officials expect the merger to result in lowered patient costs and improved performance.
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