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The Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion has given an­titrust clear­ance to San­ford Health’s plans to ac­quire North Coun­try Health Ser­vices, which is prin­ci­pally 118-bed North Coun­try Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. San­ford Health, which has head­quar­ters in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., op­er­ates 14 Min­nesota hos­pi­tals among 30 that it owns, leases and man­ages in Iowa, Min­nesota and the Dako­tas. The or­ga­ni­za­tions an­nounced in next few weeks. “This part­ner­ship takes ad­van­tage of the vast health­care de­liv­ery ex­per­tise found in both or­ga­ni­za­tions and builds on a work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions that spans decades,” Dr. Cyn­thia San­ders, med­i­cal di­rec­tor and man­ag­ing mem­ber at the Hammond Clinic, said in a news re­lease. Gene Di­a­mond, re­gional CEO of the Fran­cis­can Al­liance hos­pi­tals in north­ern In­di­ana, added that the al­liance is a “log­i­cal next step, given the in­te­gra­tion nec­es­sary to im­prove qual­ity, con­trol way to treat some tu­mors while not dam­ag­ing sur­round­ing tis­sue and or­gans. Mayo es­ti­mates the pro­gram will treat about 2,480 when both fa­cil­i­ties are fully op­er­a­tional, ex­pected by early 2016.


Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, Den­ver, is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to ac­quire a physi­cian-owned heart hos­pi­tal and car­diac med­i­cal prac­tice in Lin­coln, where CHI al­ready owns an acute-care hos­pi­tal. The Ne­braska Heart Hos­pi­tal would have to fol­low Ro­man Catholic ethics af­ter the ac­qui­si­tion, a CHI spokes­woman said. The change to not­for-profit sta­tus also ap­par­ently would al­low the car­diac fa­cil­ity to ex­pand, of­fi­cials said. The Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act pro­hib­ited physi­cianowned hos­pi­tals from ex­pand­ing. In Lin­coln, of­fi­cials with the Ne­braska Heart Hos­pi­tal and its physi­cian prac­tice, the Ne­braska Heart In­sti­tute, have signed a non­bind­ing letter of in­tent to merge with CHI that gives both sides 90 days to ne­go­ti­ate a de­fin­i­tive agree­ment spell­ing out terms such as pur­chase price. Tom Bur­nell, CEO of the heart hos­pi­tal, said in a news re­lease that the own­er­ship change will not af­fect the ser­vices avail­able to pa­tients. CHI and the hos­pi­tal have part­nered on care for the past 30 years, the news re­lease said. CHI al­ready owns 257-bed St. El­iz­a­beth Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lin­coln.


U.S. Health­Works Med­i­cal Group, a Va­len­cia, Calif.-based op­er­a­tor of oc­cu­pa­tional health­care cen­ters, has ac­quired three Kettering (Ohio) Work­ers’ Care clin­ics in the Day­ton-area towns of Hu­ber Heights, Mo­raine and Franklin. The deal more than dou­bles the size of U.S. Health­Works’ pres­ence in Ohio, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany news re­lease. It also in­creases U.S. Health­Works’ na­tion­wide num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties to 139. The com­pany al­ready had fa­cil­i­ties in Colum­bus and Can­ton, Ohio. No fi­nan­cial terms of the deal, which was ef­fec­tive Feb. 7, were dis­closed. The Ohio trans­ac­tion comes on the heels of a deal in which U.S. Health­Works ac­quired two Florida oc­cu­pa­tional medicine med­i­cal cen­ters: Med­work 84 in Fort Laud­erdale and Meds­tar in Pom­pano Beach. The deal closed Feb. 1; no terms were dis­closed. The com­pany, which em­ploys some 350 doc­tors, has fa­cil­i­ties in 13 states.

North Coun­try Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is ex­pected to be­come part of San­ford Health in March.

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