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Vanderbilt Health expands reach with Erlanger collaboration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Chattanooga's Erlanger Health System have signed a pair of agreements that bring Erlanger into a statewide network and open up future collaboration opportunities between the two academic medical institutions.

News outlets reported Tuesday that the collaborative agreement will allow Erlanger and Vanderbilt, which normally compete for patients and doctors, to form new clinical programs and services.

Under the other agreement, Erlanger will join the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, which includes 56 hospitals, 35 clinics and nearly 4,000 doctors spread across Tennessee and into Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia and Mississippi. Adding Erlanger fills a hole in the network in southeastern Tennessee.

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel says the physician-led network hopes to cut health care costs while improving the quality of care.

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