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Northside Hospital Cherokee recently opened new patient rooms in its newly completed eighth floor.

Officials from Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System - the parent company of Gwinnett Medical Center - announced Tuesday that they have received final permission from regulators to merge.

Northside operates Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, as well as other medical office and testing facilities in Holly Springs and Woodstock.

“We are excited to move forward on the merging of our two health systems,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO, Northside Hospital. “Leaders from both systems are already meeting to develop a comprehensive integration plan that honors our employees and physicians. This plan ensures that our patients continue to receive quality health care with no disruption of service.”

State Attorney General Chris Carr's office signed off on the merger in November 2017.

"Late last week, the Federal Trade Commission completed its review of the combination and gave its approval to move forward. The two systems now will focus on finalizing patient, operational, and business functions. The combined system is expected to be operational by summer 2019," the companies said Tuesday in a statement.

“Through the merged entity, Gwinnett County will continue to have access to world-class medical treatment,” said Philip Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Health System. “Health care is a dynamic industry that requires complex technology, highly skilled medical professionals and exceptional leadership. I’m confident the merger will help sustain our ability to offer leading-edge, compassionate and effective health care close to home for many years to come.”

Northside operates five hospitals in Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Cumming, Canton and Duluth.

"The new nonprofit health system will also operate additional sites of care including cancer treatment, imaging, surgical, urgent care and other outpatient centers throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,604 inpatient beds, over 250 outpatient locations, 21,000 employees and more than 3,500 physicians on staff," the companies said in a statement Tuesday.

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