Two Syracuse, N.Y., hospitals are in the final stages of preparing their pre-merger notification documents to be filed with the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust clearance.
The hospitals are 490-bed Crouse Hospital and 356-bed Community-General Hospital.
The hospitals announced their mergerlike affiliation late last month. Pending federal and state approvals, a new umbrella organization would serve as parent of both facilities.
The system would be governed by a 16-member board of directors chaired by Community-General's current chairman. Edward Wenske, president and chief executive officer of Crouse Health, would serve as system CEO. Community-General President and CEO Kent Arnold, would become president of the hospitals and chief operating officer of the parent company.
The deal joins two of Syracuse's four acute-care hospitals.
A Crouse spokesman was unable to provide the hospitals' total assets and combined market share. According to the latest available data from American Hospital Directory, the hospitals' combined assets would exceed $170 million.