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DURANGO, Colo.—

Mercy Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, an 82-bed Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives hospi­tal in Durango, will be in­te­grated into Cen­tura Health, a 12-hospi­tal sys­tem based in En­gle­wood, Colo. With this move, all of CHI’s Colorado hos­pi­tals will be­long to the same sub­sys­tem. The in­te­gra­tion was ap­proved by the CHI Board of Stew­ard­ship Trustees March 11, and fol­lowed a pre­vi­ous unan­i­mous rec­om­men­da­tion to in­te­grate by the Mercy Re­gional board of direc­tors. The in­te­gra­tion be­came ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the vote, said Cen­tura spokes­woman Wendi Dam­mann. “We’ve al­ready be­gun the tran­si­tion,” she said. Mercy Re­gional Pres­i­dent and CEO Kirk Dignum “will be serv­ing on high-level coun­cils and their leaders will be­come part of the lead­er­ship team at Cen­tura Health,” she said. Mercy Re­gional’s ori­gins trace back to Mercy Hospi­tal of the San Juans founded by the Sis­ters of Mercy in 1882. Its cur­rent fa­cil­ity opened June 27, 2006.

SALEM, Ore.—

LHC Group signed a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment to buy Salem Hospi­tal Home Care for an undis­closed sum. Salem Hospi­tal Home Care has a ser­vice area across six coun­ties, and had net rev­enue of $5.5 mil­lion over the past 12 months. LHC Group, of Lafayette, La., is a pub­licly traded com­pany and one of the largest home health ser­vices na­tion­wide. The sale is ex­pected to close on March 31. “LHC Group has pro­vided high-qual­ity care for its pa­tients in other ar­eas of the coun­try, which was a pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion in mak­ing this agree­ment,” said Ch­eryl Nester Wolfe, chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer and a se­nior vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for two-hospi­tal Salem Health, in a writ­ten state­ment.

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