The Gundersen and Bellin health systems in Wisconsin will merge officially on Dec. 1, exactly six months after talks were announced in public.
The combined corporation will include about a dozen hospitals and over 100 clinics in the region, with offices continuing to operate in both La Crosse and Green Bay.
Merging Bellin and Gundersen is expected to provide patients of the combined company with more services and choices for medical care. Gundersen had previously made an attempt to merge with the Marshfield Clinic.
Merger talks between the two companies were publicly announced in June.
The two systems will retain their separate headquarters, with Gundersen CEO Scott Rathgaber appointed to head the entire system and Gundersen operating officer Heather Schimmers taking the post of regional president for the La Crosse area.