Two long time acquaintances in the health care industry have finally tied the knot. St. Mary's Hospital Janesville President Kerry Swanson says Dean Health Systems has merged with SSM Health Care. The merger only cements a long time relationship between the two healthcare providers. The two organizations have worked together for a century. Swanson says the merger creates one of the largest integrated health delivery networks in the country. SSM Health Care President/CEO William P. Thompson says "Dean and SSM have a long tradition of caring for people, and together we will create a new model of care and caring that will lead to healthier people in Wisconsin and beyond." The St. Louis-based SSM Health Care has been present in Wisconsin since 1912, having opened a hospital in Janesville within the last two years.