Trinity Health, the Michigan-based owner of Saint Alphonsus Health System in the Treasure Valley, has signed a preliminary agreement with Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East to merge into a unified national health system.
The nonbinding letter of intent was announced Wednesday.
The consolidation would create a 21-state health system with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing-care facilities and home health and hospice programs. It would have more than 87,000 employees, including 4,100 employed physicians. Annual operating revenues are expected to be about $13.3 billion.