UPDATE: MSHA, Wellmont announce next steps to form Ballad Health

(PHOTO: Wellmont / MSHA / Ballad)

The merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is beginning to pick up the pace.

Leadership from both companies sent several memos to staff on Tuesday outlining the first steps to bringing the two companies together. The memos largely dealt with procedural steps for sharing internal information.

The companies did note in one of the reports that the merger is expected to close by early 2018. The boards of Mountain States and Wellmont have named a transition team and are working to announce he new board of directors for Ballad Health soon.

The health commissioner of Virginia signed off on the merger last month, completing the last procedural move for the health care merger.

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