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UPDATE: Iowa's UnityPoint expands operations to Wisconsin, partners with Meriter

UPDATED Thursday, October 10, 2013 --- 3:37 p.m.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A health system that operates hospitals and clinics in Iowa and Illinois is expanding to Wisconsin.

UnityPoint Health announced Thursday that it's combining operations with Meriter Health Services in Madison, Wis., through an affiliation agreement.

UnityPoint says the agreement expands the company's health care services. It's now preparing necessary filings with appropriate regulatory agencies.

The company, previously called Iowa Health System, is based in West Des Moines. The addition of Meriter means UnityPoint will have hospitals and home care services in nine regions.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, October 10, 2013 --- 10:30 a.m.

Meriter Health System has announced plans to formally affiliate with Unity Point Health.

Unity Point Health is a health system based in Iowa.

In a statement, officials say Meriter will remain an independent, community-based health care organization. But it will have the added resources of Unity Point Health, which is a regional system.


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