Two New Jersey hospital networks say they are planning to merge.
Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network officials said Thursday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding and are working toward a merger. They said it could be four months before they have a final agreement.
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That would need to be approved by regulators.
The new organization would be known as Hackensack Meridian Health and share a board made up of an equal number of trustees from each.