St. Francis Care plans to merge with Catholic hospital chain

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Angela Mattie

St. Francis Care, the parent company of Hartford's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is expected to announce Dec. 17 that it plans to merge with Michigan Trinity Health, according to the Hartford Business Journal.

"It's no surprise," said Angela Mattie, an associate professor and chair of the health care management and organizational leadership department at Quinnipiac University and a member of the board of directors at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. "There is going to continue to be mergers and various corporate deals between hospitals in Connecticut and other entities. This is not a bad thing. There is a need for an economies of scale in Connecticut. Health care providers need to determine if they are delivering care at the lowest cost and highest quality for the citizens of Connecticut As our well-intended legislators look at the various mergers, their frame of analysis should be what is the best way to provide access, value and quality for the citizens of Connecticut?"

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