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DeKalb Health looking to partner with larger healthcare system

AUBURN, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – After more than 50 years of operating as an independent hospital, DeKalb Health is looking to partner with a larger health system.

This comes after the board of directors voted earlier this month on Jan. 18.

DeKalb Memorial Hospital, located in Auburn, opened its doors in 1964, and has operated as an independent hospital ever since.

The hospital says they want to find a system affiliation that will honor their past, will ensure continued high-quality care, and provide for the security of the DeKalb Health team members.

DeKalb Health currently has more than 625 employees and serves as a licensed nonprofit hospital.

Their acute care facility has 56 beds and provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.

Officials say they’ve considered several health systems, and a letter of intent to partner with one is being formalized.

“While details are solidified, the board and hospital administration anticipate a period of time will ensue before an official affiliation is formally announced,” Terri Christiansen, DeKalb Health Public Information Officer said.

More details are expected to be released soon.

Kayla Crandall

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