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Baptist Memorial Health Care to merge with Anderson Regional Health System

A news release by Anderson Regional Health System (ARHS), based in Meridian, has announced a shared mission statement with Baptist Memorial Health Care, which operates Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven and other medical services and centers in West Tennessee, Mississippi, and eastern Arkansas. There are plans for the two groups to formally merge in January.  

“We are excited to join forces with ARHS to extend our faith-based mission to this part of Mississippi,” said Jason Little, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care. “Both organizations are proud of the exceptional care we provide. ARHS has a proven track record of success in this region, and we’re very experienced in delivering care in all types of Mississippi communities. Together, we have more than two centuries of combined health care experience, and we want to use this knowledge and expertise to bring a new level of care to this community.” 

Baptist Memorial Health Care is described as one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health systems with 22 different hospitals. Anderson is a regional health system serving eastern Mississippi and western Alabama.  With the impending merger, Baptist will serve more than half of Mississippi’s population. 

The complete news release is found on the Anderson Region Health System website.

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