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      UW Health, SwedishAmerican plan to merge

      File photo.
      File photo.
      MADISON (AP) - University of Wisconsin Health and SwedishAmerican Health System, of Rockford, Ill., have plans to merge.

      UW Hospital and Clinics CEO Donna Katen-Bahemsky says the Madison-based health group has been in talks with SwedishAmerican for about a year. She says it should take about 90 days to move from a letter of intent to a definitive merger agreement, when SwedishAmerican will become a part of UW Health.

      The Beloit Daily News says regulatory approval is needed for the merger, including review by the Federal Trade Commission.

      SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit health system which operates two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency and a foundation. UW Health is an academic health center anchored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, in partnership with UW Hospital and Clinics.