Leaders of Portage-based Divine Savior Healthcare (DSH) and the Sisters of the Divine Savior have signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Aspirus Health Care in Wausau.

The two organizations now begin the due diligence process and expect to finalize the affiliation by the end of 2019.

DSH was founded in 1917 by the Sisters of the Divine Savior and has grown to provide the region with healthcare services at its hospital, clinics, skilled nursing and assisted living facility, home health services, paramedic level ambulance service, child care center, fitness center and more. The nonprofit organization has more than 940 team members. Aspirus has more than 7,500 employees.