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Mount Auburn makes it official: Hospital joins Beth Israel-Lahey merger

Cambridge, MA 8/4/08 Jeanette Clough (cq) is president and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff); Reporter: Jen Schwartz; Section: CiWk; Slug: 10cicambri Library Tag 08102008 City Weekly
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Mount Auburn Hospital president Jeanette Clough.

Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge said Wednesday that its board has voted to join the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health.

Mount Auburn executives previously said they were interested in the merger, but had not decided whether to participate. The proposed transaction, which needs approval from state and federal regulators, now includes 11 hospitals: four owned by Beth Israel Deaconess, four owned by Lahey, Mount Auburn, New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

“The Mount Auburn Hospital Board of Trustees has carefully reviewed the opportunity and is now ready to accept the invitation to join what we believe will be a robust and value driven system that aligns with our mission of excellence with compassion,” Mount Auburn chief executive Jeanette Clough said in a statement.

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If it goes through, the merger would create Massachusetts’ second-largest health system after Partners HealthCare, the parent of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals.

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