University Hospitals and EMH Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to explore an integration that will add EMH to the University Hospital health system.
The integration would include making EMH, University Hospitals' flagship hospital in Lorain County.
EMH employs 2,100 people in Northeast Ohio with campuses in Elyria, Amherst, Avon, Sheffield and North Ridgeville. UH has 18,000 employees in a health system that includes 10 hospitals and 20 outpatient centers.
The evaluation process is expected to take several months and an agreements is expected by the end of the year.