Two Lowell, Mass., hospitals that have been looking to merge to over seven years may see their path made smoother by the state's new budget, according to state Sen. Nancy A. Sullivan.

Sen. Sullivan, who represents the city of Lowell as part of the First Middlesex District, said yesterday that a provision in the proposed fiscal 1992 budget would allow St. Joseph's Hospital and St. John's Hospital to unite. The budget, which has been passed by the state legislature, is awaiting the signature of Gov. William Weld.

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