COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- WellStar Health System no longer plans to merge with Emory Healthcare.
The two health systems announced in February they had begun formal discussions about the possibility of uniting.
But in a statement released Tuesday, WellStar Board of Trustees chair Gary Miller said the board "has determined a new strategic direction."
"WellStar has declined to enter the next stage of discussions with Emory University," Miller said. "We respect Emory University as a leading, international academic medical center. WellStar will accelerate multiple horizontal and vertical integration opportunities with other potential partners."