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10 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions and general partnerships took place or were announced in the past week.

1. Shuttered California hospital strikes deal to reopen
Colusa (Calif.) Regional Medical Center closed in April, but hospital officials have signed a deal to reopen the facility.

2. Massachusetts General Hospital acquisition of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital nearing close
Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital officials said they are close to finalizing the acquisition agreement with Dover, N.H.-based Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

3. 3 New Hampshire hospitals plan to complete affiliation January 2017
Manchester-based Catholic Medical Center, Wolfeboro-based Huggins Hospital and Peterborough-based Monadnock Community Hospital ─ all in New Hampshire ─ will move forward with a proposed affiliation agreement.

4. Virginia state authorities approve Wellmont, MSHA merger
The Southwest Virginia Health Authority approved the proposed merger between Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System and Johnson City, Tenn.-based Mountain States Health Alliance.

5. Baptist Health South Florida to affiliate with local hospital
Marathon, Fla.-based Fishermen's Community Hospital and Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida agreed to form an affiliation in 2017.

6. South Haven Community Health System to join Bronson Healthcare Group
South Haven (Mich.) Community Health System will become a part of Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Bronson Healthcare Group as early as Jan. 1.

7. LifeBridge Health acquires 2 outpatient surgery centers
Baltimore-based LifeBridge Health acquired majority interest in two medical facilities — Owings Mills, Md.-based SurgiCenter of Baltimore and Ellicott City (Md.) Ambulatory Surgery Center.

8. Hackensack Meridian to acquire JFK Medical Center
After much speculation regarding Edison, N.J.-based JFK Medical Center's decision to partner with another facility, hospital officials signed a letter of intent with Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health to discuss a potential affiliation.

9. CHI ST. Luke's to add ER in East Texas
CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial signed a non-binding letter of intent to take over ownership of Altus Emergency Center in Lufkin, Texas.

10. Ochsner Health System to partner with Mississippi health system
New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System and McComb, Miss.-based Southwest Health System declared their intent to form a strategic partnership to provide specialized, innovative care to residents in the region.

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