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.