Hospital leaders discuss intent to merge South Bend Clinic and Beacon Health

A well-known clinic that's been around South Bend for nearly one hundred years, will be partnering with two local hospitals.

Friday the South Bend Clinic announced plans to eventually merge with the Beacon Health System, home to Memorial and Elkhart General Hospitals.

The South Bend Clinic was founded in downtown South Bend in 1916.

Although the branding of the clinic has yet to be determined, it has been decided after three years of discussions the clinic will merge with Beacon Health.

That means a total of 300 doctors will be in the network and ideally more resources will be available to patients.

Beacon Health Systems CEO Phil Newbold says, “We can be assured in the community that we are not going to have shortages in primary care physicians, which are really going to be a problem for many communities in the future.”

“By combining our organizations we can do things that individually neither of us can do on our own or going on our own, it would take more than it should,” says South Bend Clinic Executive Director Paul Meyer.

The merger will not be complete until the Federal Trade Commission approves it, which could take around 6 months.

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