Memorial Hospital Inc. and Guthrie Health are exploring the possibility of a collaborative relationship, according to a press release that was issued on Monday by Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

According to a Guthrie spokesperson, such a process is complex and needs to be pursued with great deliberation and diligence. It is very early in that process and nothing has been formalized at this time, the press release said.

Both facilities will keep their communities informed of developments in this matter, the release said.

"We're excited" about the potential collaboration, said Dr. Karen Saylor, who works at Guthrie Clinic's Towanda facility.

Saylor said she was "looking forward to a very positive collaborative relationship with Memorial Hospital."

"I'm not sure about the details" of the collaboration, she said.

The hospitals both declined additional comments about the potential affiliation.

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