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Merging plays an important role in allowing hospitals to experiment with innovative new forms of healthcare such as the accountable care organization. Community Matters: A hospital serves its community and in doing so should keep the community informed and contented on the development of a merger.When hospitals change from nonprofit to for-profit it can have a large impact on the community such as reduced charity care and the ability to meet other local needs.Another case that may arise is when a religious based hospital system merges with a non-affiliated system and one health systems guidelines affect the other system such as reproductive sterilization.This flurry of mergers marks a momentous occasion as the way healthcare is delivered is changing and hospitals struggle to survive in this competitive market. are reducing unprofitable services while expanding more lucrative lines to help protect margins.3 Reasons Why Merging Is Advantageous Struggle to Survive: Small, not-for-profit and other types of hospitals seek mergers for a range of reasons as the atmosphere to stay afloat grows tougher. A 2009 American Hospital Association study of 1000 hospital executives found one fifth of them reduced services that lost money including: behavioral health, post-acute care and patient education services while investing in services that deliver profits like neuro-surgery and interventional cardiology.