Erlanger signs letter of intent to partner with Murphy, N.C., hospital

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Erlanger officials announced today they have signed a letter of intent with Murphy Medical Center in Western North Carolina.

The due diligence process required by the letter of intent should take both organizations about 90 days to complete, with the goal of reaching a definitive agreement on a future relationship by September or October of this year, according to a news release.

The 25-bed North Carolina hospital, nursing home, athletic rehabilitation center and other facilities serve about 44,000 people.

"Erlanger Health System and Murphy Medical Center have signed an exclusive letter of intent to explore how our organizations can partner more closely to enhance and grow medical services already offered by Murphy Medical Center," said Robert M. Brooks, Erlanger executive vice president and chief operating officer.