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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire hospitals have reached a key milestone in their plan to create a new regional health system.

Elliot Health System in Manchester and Southern New Hampshire Health in Nashua signed an agreement in October to create Solution Health, which officials say will boost efficiency and innovation while helping to control costs. On Monday, officials announced that the attorney general’s office has completed its regulatory review of the project, paving the way for it to be finalized.

The hospitals have held several public meetings about the plan, and the attorney general’s office says the idea has received uniformly positive comments from community leaders and patients.