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South Shore Hospital merger backed

But officials want quality, jobs intact

WEYMOUTH — Elected officials told state regulators Wednesday they are open to the proposed acquisition of South Shore Hospital by Partners HealthCare System if it doesn’t boost health costs, hurt the quality of care, or lead to a loss of jobs at the hospital.

“The residents in town want to make sure that any merger doesn’t drive the cost of health care up,” Town Council member Michael Smart said at an afternoon public hearing convened by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The department would have to approve the plan for Boston-based Partners to become sole corporate owner of South Shore Hospital.

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