Judge Approves Plan to Unravel Adventist, Bert Fish Merger

Circuit Court Judge Richard Graham has approved a plan to unravel the merger of Adventist Health's Florida Hospital in Orlando and Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., according to a Daytona Beach News-Journal report.

The approval will allow the New Smyrna hospital to return to public control, under the Southeast Volusia Hospital District, by July 1, according to the report.

In February, Judge Graham overturned the $80 million merger, ruling the 21 closed-door meetings surrounding the merger were in violation of the state's Sunshine Law and that the two groups' attempts to "cure" the violations by reholding the meetings were not an appropriate remedy. The ruling forces Adventist to transition the hospital's ownership back to the Southeast Volusia Hospital District.

Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal report on Bert Fish Medical Center.

Related Articles on Bert Fish:
Florida's Bert Fish Expected to Preserve Finances in Shift Back to Public Ownership
Adventist, Bert Fish Merger Separation Scheduled for June 30

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