Verdugo Hills may merge with USC medical center Hospital mergers can create cost reductions through supply chain efficiencies, leaving all parties better off. However, a merger situation in California is causing some contention. Verdugo Hills Hospital recently entered into merger discussions with USC's Keck Medical Center, according to officials.

The board of directors from Verdugo Hills voted for the two medical facilities to merge at a June meeting, according to hospital spokeswoman Celine Petrossian, who was quoted by the Los Angeles Times. The Verdugo Hills Hospital is on the border of Glendale and La Canada Flintridge and hopes to have a deal completed with USC by the end of the year.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center made its desire known to partner with Verdugo Hills first, and released a statement recently that its medical center would've been a better partner as a result of having several doctors who work at both hospitals.

“We are very disappointed in this decision,” said Kevin Roberts, president and chief executive of Glendale Adventist, in the statement. “We have a deep knowledge of local healthcare needs and a long history providing high-quality healthcare to the residents of Glendale and the Foothill communities.”

Last year, Keck Hospital and the entire Keck Medical Center of USC recorded a total revenue of $1.82 billion, according to the American Hospital Directory.
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