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One of the largest hospital systems in the Tampa Bay area is expanding its reach with the purchase of a Polk County hospital.

A partnership is being considered between the region's biggest hospital system, Baptist Health South Florida, and Palm Beach County's Bethesda Health network, according to the Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal.

Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital's network in Tampa Bay announced  Tuesday that they plan to work together on some programs and services, as the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. No specifics were offered, but the announcement is in line with the trend toward consolidation in the hospital field. TGH spokesman John Dunn said the two big hospital systems have no intention of merging.