(Parma) On Monday, University Hospitals made it offical by posting on their website that they have signed a "letter of intent" with Parma Community General Hospital to officially explore an integration.

"We completed a very comprehensive process to evaluate potential organization that best support our mission to provide the highest quality of personalized health care to our patients and the communities that we serve," said Terrence G. Deis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parma Hospital.

University Hospitals says they will work closely together with the Parma Hospital medical staff to ensure that their patients continue to receive the highest quality personalized care. The hospital says there will be major benefits to the agreement including expanding the presence of UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital that currently provides neonatal care at Parma Hospital.

The statement from University Hospitals went on to say that with it's "nationally recognized acedemic medical center-UH Case Medical Center- will also provide strong clinical research, leading-edge technology, innovative practices and initiatives that will complement and grow Parma Hospital's highly regarded medical programs." "Additional commitments will bring programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Seidman Cancer Center."

Parma Hospital currently employs 2,000 people with 500 physicians on it's medical staff. It's one of the last independent hospitals in the Northeast Ohio region. A final agreement between Parma Community Hospital and UH should be reached by the end of the year.
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