Leaders from Divine Savior Healthcare and the Sisters of the Divine Savior have signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Aspirus, the parties announced Wednesday. The two Wisconsin-based organizations now will begin the due diligence process.

The affiliation, expected to be finalized by the end of the year, would join Divine Savior’s assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facility in Portage, WI, with Aspirus’ four assisted living communities (one of which offers memory care) in Wisconsin and three nursing homes (two of which offer memory care) in Wisconsin, along with the organizations’ other offerings.

“The healthcare industry is changing, and this affiliation will help Divine Savior Healthcare continue to grow and evolve to better serve our communities,” DSH President and CEO Michael Decker said in a statement.

Divine Savior, founded in 1917 by the Sisters of the Divine Savior, today includes a hospital, clinics; home health services; a paramedic level ambulance service; a child care center, a medically integrated fitness center and more, in addition to the long-term care facility. The nonprofit organization has more than 940 employees.

The Aspirus health system has more than 7,500 employees and operates in Wisconsin and upper Michigan. In addition to the assisted living communities and nursing homes, the system includes eight hospitals, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, a physician network and a health insurance plan.