The proposed merger of two of the nation's most prestigious teaching hospitals-Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston-last week cleared one of the final hurdles.
"Corporators," or governing officials, of both hospitals approved affiliating the two Boston hospitals by establishing a common parent. The vote ends the internal process of approval, although legal and regulatory details still must be ironed out, Massachusetts General said in a written statement.
"We're not formally affiliated, we have a few steps to go," added a spokeswoman for Brigham.
The corporators elect the boards of trustees at each hospital, a Massachusetts General spokeswoman said. Both boards of trustees voted unanimously last month to recommend approval to their corporators. The affiliation proposal was announced Dec. 8, 1993.
The statement said the legal and regulatory requirements should be satisfied within a month, and that's when a new system board is expected to conduct its first meeting. The state Department of Public Health approved the determination-of-need certification on Feb. 18.
The merger of 1,027-bed Massachusetts General and 751-bed Brigham would create a combined operation with more than $1 billion in annual patient revenues.