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Community, Wishard to form joint operating agreement

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Community Health Network has signed a joint operating agreement with Wishard Health Services, the two hospital systems will announce Monday morning.

The partnership will create a new board to oversee and coordinate the operations of both systems, according to internal messages sent to Community stakeholders. Community Health CEO Bryan Mills will be the CEO of the new joint-operating entity.

Wishard,  the county-owned health system, will change its name to Eskenazi Health in 2014. Wishard is building a downtown hospital that will be the premier trauma center in Indiana as well as handle a large portion of Marion County’s indigent patients.

The hospital is set to open in December. Wishard also operates community health clinics around Marion County.

Community is a not-for-profit system of seven hospitals, five of them in Marion County, and roughly 200 other surgery centers, imaging centers, physician offices and walk-in clinics. Community has more than 11,000 employees and annual revenue of $1.3 billion.

The two systems will jointly operate Wishard's hospital and health centers, as well as Community’s hospitals, Community's physician network, its behavioral health services and many ambulatory sites of care.

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