HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials at Saint Francis Hospital announced late Tuesday afternoon that the approval has been given to move forward with a merger with Trinity Health.
Fiona Phelan, Media Relations Manager for Saint Francis Care issued the following statement around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday:
Today, we are very pleased to announce that both the Vatican and the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Care Access have provided approvals that will allow Saint Francis to complete its merger with Trinity Health, Livonia, MI. We are excited about partnering with Trinity Health, an organization that is aligned with our Mission, Core Values and strategic Vision and at the forefront of people-centered care. We anticipate completion of all pre-closing requirements and a formal signing of our merger agreement in the early fall of this year.
The merger was first discussed in December of 2014. Trinity Health is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions that already includes the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Massachusetts. The new regional system would include Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and several other smaller hospitals.