MINNEAPOLIS -- Courage Center and Allina Health have approved a proposed merger between the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Courage Center.

Both organizations provide services to the disabled community.

The organizations will immediately pursue integration planning which should result in an official merger sometime in the spring of 2013.

The Courage Center's clinical programs will merge with those of Sister Kenny, andeach will look for opportunities to integrate clinical care, community-based services, research, innovation, public policy and advocacy.

"As an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities, we recognize that one of the challenges our clients face is a fragmented system of rehabilitation services that is hard for both clients and providers to navigate," said Jan Malcolm, chief executive officer of Courage Center."By partnering to create a more seamless experience, we will make it easier for our clients to get the care they need, which is key to improving outcomes."