Two of the largest hospitals in Central Georgia are teaming up.

The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Houston Healthcare announced what they call "a strategic alignment."

The hospitals will remain separate, but say they will collaborate on ways to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.

They released few details on their plans, saying they're just beginning their conversation.

But the partnership is aimed at cutting costs for patients, employee training, and improvement in overall healthcare.

"It would be great to show that we are working together for one primary thing. How do we make better the quality of care and how do we keep them safe. If our quality standards are similar, if we are looking at best practices of each other and then emulating that best practice, everybody wins," says Ninfa Saunders the MCCG CEO.

The two hospitals combined have more than 7,000 employees.

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