One of the Hudson Valley's largest health care systems has announced some big changes.

On Thursday Health Quest announced that they will be merging with Western Connecticut Health Network to form a new health care system. The new company will serve 1.5 million residents throughout the Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut. The health care system now includes seven hospitals, more than 2,600 physicians and 12,000 employees. This powerful new business is projected to have a yearly revenue of $2.4 billion.

The new company will be called Nuvance Health. The name is a combination of the words “new” and “advance." Nuvance will replace the name Health Quest, which is being phased out now. The organization says that they will reveal a new logo and other brand marks in the coming weeks and months.

Besides a name change, Health Quest patients shouldn't see too much of a change with the new company. Nuvance Health president Robert Friedberg says that the merger has the potential to give Hudson Valley patients access to more doctors and treatments,

By coming together, we will bring our communities more healthcare options through new programs and services, especially to help prevent disease and effectively manage chronic conditions. Our communities will also benefit from having greater access to specialists and the latest treatments, conveniently within one health system and close to home,

More information about the merger is available on the Nuvance website.

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