- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Mountain States Health Alliance, which has 13 hospitals in Tennessee and Virginia, says it plans to merge with Wellmont Health System.

Media report Mountain States CEO Alan Levine sent an email to employees that confirms the merger and says more details will be released on Thursday. Levine says an agreement with Johnson City, Tennessee-based Wellmont is expected to be signed on Wednesday. Levine said the merger would involve a partnership with an academic institution.

Officials in Tennessee and Virginia must approve the proposed merger before it is finalized.

The merger would create a health organization with 19 hospitals and more than 15,000 employees.

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