Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network have sealed their union to form what's now known as Nuvance Health.
A little more than a year after first announcing the proposed deal, the two systems, based in LaGrangeville, N.Y., and Danbury, Conn., said they have received the necessary federal and state approvals and support from patients, donors and business and community leaders.
The new not-for-profit health system will serve 1.5 million residents across New York's Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. It has seven hospitals, more than 2,600 physicians and 12,000 employees and projected annual revenue of $2.4 billion. The system's leaders say the deal will make care more convenient, accessible and affordable.
Nuvance Health's CEO is Dr. John Murphy, who previously served as CEO of WCHN.
"Our patients and communities are the heart of efforts to form the new health system," Murphy said in a statement. "We are steadfastly focused on how we can improve the health and well-being of the people we passionately serve."
Robert Friedberg, previously the CEO of Health Quest, is now president of Nuvance. The new system's board of directors features eight members nominated by Health Quest and eight nominated by WCHN.
The name Nuvance combines the words "new" and "advance," the systems explained in a news release. In the coming months, the organization will unveil its new logo and branding campaign.
"The name Nuvance Health reflects a mission to continually make progress and pursue the impossible, so we can improve the lives of every person in each of our communities," Murphy said.