RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's a new health care provider for children in central Virginia. VCU Health System and Children's Hospital are joining forces to create "Children's Hospital of Richmond."
They will have ten locations throughout greater Richmond and Fredericksburg.
The two groups have been talking about possibly merging since March. But the merger was not made public until today.
Health officials say the goal is to become a nationally-recognized children's medical center.
"The combination of VCU Children's and Children's Hospital is phenomenal. It is what Richmond has been needing for decades to consolidate in one site, superb, state-of-the-art care for kids," said VCU Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Dr. Bill Moskowitz.
More than 350 Children's Hospital employees will join the more than 1,000 VCU Health employees dedicated to pediatric care.