Wyoming's two largest hospitals are looking at joining forces to create a statewide health care organization.

Wyoming Medical Center and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center announced the possible merger on Tuesday.

Wyoming Medical Center CEO Vicki Diamond says the idea has been part of the hospitals strategic planning for some time. She says a merger could mean better services at a lower cost...

"We hope to be able to fill the gaps in the services that we don't provide, we need to be able to be competitive with our surrounding areas in offering lower costs and make health care affordable in Wyoming."

Diamond says the move is designed to keep tertiary care available in the state. Something that she says is at risk.

Next steps towards the proposed merger will bring  a joint task force of doctors from Cheyenne and Casper together to weigh in on how the combined organization would work.

The hospitals expect to announce a formal partnership arrangement in the next several months.