CHICAGO — Two independent hospitals in Chicago's western suburbs — Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare and Edward Hospital & Health Services — are the latest to join the two-year-old national surge of not-for-profit healthcare consolidations.

Elmhurst Memorial in the suburb of Elmhurst, and Edward, which operates Edward Hospital in the far western suburb of Naperville and a smaller campus in nearby Plainfield, announced on Tuesday their intention to create a system with revenues of more than $1 billion.

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