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Beth Israel plans to acquire Jordan Hospital in Plymouth

Laying claim to one of the state’s largest remaining independent hospitals, Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Thursday it signed a letter of intent to acquire Jordan Health Systems Inc., the parent of 155-bed Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

Jordan Hospital, serving a dozen communities in Plymouth and Barnstable counties, had been considered a prize for a larger hospital system as the Massachusetts health care industry consolidates. The preliminary deal with Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess is a setback to Tufts Medical Center, another Boston teaching hospital that has a clinical affiliation with Jordan and was working with for-profit Vanguard Health Systems to take over the Plymouth hospital.

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