WAYNE, N.J.-Wayne General Hospital and Northwest Covenant Medical Center have initiated discussions that may lead to an affiliation. Wayne General said the decision to pursue an affiliation with Northwest Covenant resulted from an analysis of 18 hospitals in New Jersey and New York. The discussions are expected to continue for several months. The 837-bed Northwest Covenant is the organization that was formed through the merger last year of Dover (N.J.) General Hospital and Medical Center and St. Clares-Riverside Medical Center in Denville. Wayne General is a 231-bed acute-care hospital with outpatient satellite facilities in four Passaic County locations.
HARTFORD, Conn.-Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Health Care System and Greater Bristol Health Services Corp. have signed a letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation. Greater Bristol, the parent of 168-bed Bristol (Conn.) Hospital, also held talks with New Britain (Conn.) General Hospital and Hartford Hospital before selecting an affiliation partner. A Bristol spokeswoman said Saint Francis/Mount Sinai represented a better fit in terms of services and existing insurance carriers. Terms of the deal will be negotiated over the next several months, and could involve equipment sharing and service agreements. Saint Francis/Mount Sinai is the parent of Hartford-based Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital.