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October 7, 1988

The History of a Hospital Merger: The Wilmington Medical Center 1965-1985

Author Affiliations

Franciscan Health System of Central Ohio Columbus

Franciscan Health System of Central Ohio Columbus

JAMA. 1988;260(13):1970-1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410130178053

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Abstract

The History of a Hospital Merger: The Wilmington Medical Center 1965-1985 by Norman L. Cannon, MD, is billed as a book portraying the 1965 merger of three hospitals. The text has two parts: "View of the Whole" and "Some of the Parts." From the table of contents, one would anticipate the specifics of how the merger came into being and a picture of the chronological history of the merger from 1965 to 1985, including administrative changes, planning, building of a new facility, demolition of old facilities, and combining departments within the new organization.

The author does a wonderful job in depicting the medical staff organizational effects of the merger. Medical practice within the United States made gigantic strides during the time frame of this merger, and the author portrays these changes accurately. To complicate matters for the Wilmington Medical Center, the resulting entity decided to become a medical school as

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