Cincinnati-based TriHealth, which operates two hospitals, will purchase Group Health Associates, a multispecialty physician practice that serves about 300,000 patients in the metropolitan area, officials from the two companies said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. GHA, a 104-member group, is expected to merge sometime this summer with TriHealth, which operates Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital. Officials said the new partnership, similar to several other deals in recent months between hospitals and large doctors' groups seeking collaboration on referrals, will allow a "seamless integration" of healthcare services to patients in the area. GHA, founded in 1974, has had a long relationship with both hospitals in the TriHealth network, officials said. The partners forged an agreement earlier this week and have already begun developing processes to share information, according to a joint statement. -- by Michael Romano
Ohio system to buy local physician practice
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