- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Health agencies are partnering more and more in an effort to reduce the cost of care, and two Oregon groups have signed a letter of intent to do the same.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1JlyPbu) the groups announced Tuesday that Legacy Health would add services at Silverton Health, with inpatient and emergency care remaining unchanged.

Salem Health and Oregon Health & Science University signed a similar letter of intent to consolidate last month.

Details of what the agreement between Legacy and Silverton would cost or how the health system would be governed were not provided by agency officials.

Legacy Health CEO Dr. George Brown says the single system would save money on information technology expenses and the cost of electronic health records.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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