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4th time the charm for big proposed Mass. merger?

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston.

For the fourth time, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health say that they plan to merge.

The partnership would create a new parent corporation running the combined systems, of which Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital & Medical Center are the flagships. Under current plans, Kevin Tabb,  M.D., the current CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, would head the combined system.

Boston Business Journal reported:

“The hospitals are also still discussing how this move would impact New England Baptist {Hospital}  and — both of which are part of Beth Israel Deaconess Center’s larger entity CareGroup. New England Baptist announced in 2014 that it would join a clinical partnership with BIDMC, and officials said they would be having discussions with both hospitals to see how they would fit in to a new entity.

“Each hospital would also maintain its existing medical school association — Lahey with Tufts Medical School and BIDMC with Harvard Medical School.

“The deal would combine Beth Israel’s presence in Boston and the South Shore with locations in Burlington, Gloucester, Beverly and Winchester. A merger would also combine behavioral health expertise at Lahey with research and educational expertise from the BIDMC.”

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