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Ministry Health Care to merge with Ascension Health

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Ministry Health Care will soon be under new management. Leaders announced today they plan to merge with Ascension Health Systems Networks which is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ascension operates more than 70 hospitals across the country, while Ministry Health Care has hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota.

We talked with the President and CEO of Ministry Health Wednesday, and he said this merger will not affect patient care at Ministry's facilities, and it won't affect jobs.

He said Ministry's parent company is making the move to secure the group for the future.

"They've been sponsoring these organizations for 100 years and as the world changes, they wanted to evaluate their long-term vision for this," Ministry CEO Nick Desien said.

Leaders said although this is not final, they hope to complete the deal in the next few months.

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