Wauwatosa-based Froedtert Health and Neenah-based ThedaCare are in talks to merge into one health system.

The nonprofit hospital systems on Tuesday announced that they have signed a letter of intent “to start a process to combine our organizations into one health system to advance local health care for our patients and improve the health and well-being of our communities,” according to a news release.

“Both of our organizations have deep, long-standing ties in the communities we serve. Our Wisconsin roots have been instrumental in building creative solutions to meet our communities’ health needs,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health. “By coming together with the state’s leader in regional community health, our combined organization will be poised to meaningfully address health equity and disparities, enhance access to a broader array of services and make it easier for patients to navigate the health care system. The Medical College of Wisconsin will continue to be an important partner in our work together.”

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