Two Hospitals Join Forces

Two hospitals are joining forces. The Central Connecticut Health Alliance, parent company of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, and the Hartford HealthCare Corporation, parent company of Hartford Hospital, made the announcement Thursday.

The companies say the alliance will allow both to manage their finances more efficiently and it will improve quality of care for thousands across the state.

"By strengthening the longstanding relationship between our hospitals and healthcare systems, we strengthen our ability to provide the people of our state with the highest quality health care close to home, far into the future," Laurence A. Tanner, president and CEO of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, said in a news release.

The hospitals say they might also create a singular unified electronic medical record system that could save money and allow doctors' offices to communicate directly with each other. 

That would result in quicker diagnoses, elimination of redundant testing and improved accuracy.

State and federal regulators will have to approve the deal.

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