Ardent acquisition of two Oklahoma hospitals complete
Ardent Health Services, Nashville, has completed its acquisition of two Oklahoma hospitals from Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., through Ardent’s Hillcrest HealthCare System, Tulsa, according to a Community news release. Terms of the deal, which was announced in June and effective Sept. 1, were not disclosed. The two hospitals are 160-bed SouthCrest Hospital, Tulsa, and 89-bed Claremore (Okla.) Regional Hospital. Ardent, in its own release, said Joseph Neely was hired to be CEO of SouthCrest. Neely, 61, most recently was senior vice president and administrator of 60-bed St. Francis Hospital South, Tulsa, and was an executive at Hillcrest in the 1990s. Ardent acquired Hillcrest in 2004. The deal gives privately held Ardent six hospitals in Oklahoma among its 10 hospitals in total. Meanwhile, South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, purchased the only other hospital in town, 41-bed Smith Northview Hospital, for undisclosed terms, according to a news release. The seller was investorowned Ameris Health Systems, Nashville. Smith Northview is now a campus of 335-bed South Georgia Medical Center.