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WellSpan Health is one step closer to completing its merger with a Franklin County health organization.

Officials announced Friday, June 29, that the York County-based WellSpan signed an affiliation agreement with Summit Health, which runs two hospitals and supporting medical facilities in Franklin County.

It will now be submitted to state and regulatory agencies for review — which is expected to take a few months, according to a news release.

Leaders from both organizations signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding in April to pursue the merger.

More: York County-based WellSpan in merger talks with Summit Health

After a period of formal due diligence, volunteer boards from WellSpan and Summit approved the agreement.

“The best position for Summit Health’s future is a strong partner, and that partner is WellSpan Health," Summit Health President and CEO Pat O'Donnell stated in a news release.

Working together is not new — the two health providers have collaborated for years on clinical initiatives in Franklin County — but the official merger will strengthen the level of care across the region, stated Kevin Mosser, president and CEO of WellSpan.

One goal of the merger is to address projected shortages of physicians and healthcare professionals in Franklin and surrounding counties. The partnership will also support investment in new services, facilities and technology for long-term health, according to the organizations.

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