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17 recent healthcare partnerships and transactions

The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the week of April 2.

1. Advocate, Aurora Health complete merger to form 10th largest system
Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care finalized their merger April 1 to become Advocate Aurora Health.

2. Quorum Health sells 77-bed Georgia hospital to Piedmont
Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health completed the sale of 77-bed Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, Ga., to Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare.

3. CHS continues hospital sell-off spree: 3 things to know
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is taking many steps, including divesting hospitals, to improve its finances and reduce its heavy debt load.

4. Partners finalizes acquisition of Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston-based Partners HealthCare closed on its acquisition of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, also in Boston, April 1, the health system announced April 2.

5. Kindred shareholders approve Humana, TPG Capital + others' acquisition plan
Kindred Healthcare's stockholders approved the proposed acquisition of the health system by Humana; Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; and TPG Capital during a special meeting, the Louisville, Ky.-based health system announced April 5.

6. Billings Clinic launches heart program with Montana hospital: 4 takeaways
Billings (Mont.) Clinic and Missoula, Mont.-based Community Medical Center have entered into a partnership to launch a cardiac health program at the hospital's main campus.

7. Penn Medicine aligns with 2 Trinity Health hospitals
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has formed an alliance with two of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health's assets in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia-based health system announced April 5.

8. HCA-affiliated St. David's HealthCare acquires 9 Texas clinics
Austin, Texas-based St. David's HealthCare, which is jointly owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and two nonprofit foundations, has acquired The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, a physician group with nine locations.

9. 2nd state entity OKs proposed Beth Israel Deaconess, Lahey Health merger
The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the proposed merger between Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Health and three other healthcare organizations April 4.

10. Summit Health, WellSpan Health to merge: 3 notes
Summit Health, a two-hospital system in Chambersburg, Pa., and six-hospital system WellSpan Health in York, Pa., announced plans to pursue an affiliation April 3.

11. UCHealth acquires 15-bed critical access hospital
Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth finalized its acquisition of Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, a 15-bed facility in Woodland Park, Colo., UCHealth announced April 2.

12. HCA sells Florida long-term care hospital
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare has completed the sale of Specialty Hospital of Jacksonville (Fla.), a long-term acute care hospital, to Garland, Texas-based Curahealth Hospitals.

13. UnitedHealth's Optum completes acquisition of Reliant Medical Group for $28M
UnitedHealth Group's Optum unit closed its $28 million purchase of Worcester, Mass.-based Reliant Medical Group, telegram.com reports.

14. Proposed Albertsons-Rite Aid acquisition crosses first antitrust hurdle
The Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons' proposed acquisition of the remainder of Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid cleared its first antitrust hurdle in late March.

15. Michigan Medicine affiliate finalizes merger with West Branch Regional Medical Center
Midland-based MidMichigan Health, an affiliate of Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine, finalized the integration of West Branch (Mich.) Regional Medical Center, officials announced April 2.

16. LHC Group, Almost Family merger creates 2nd largest in-home healthcare provider in U.S.
Lafayette, La.-based LHC Group and Louisville, Ky.-based Almost Family completed their merger to create the second largest in-home healthcare provider in the nation, officials announced April 2.

17. Cleveland Clinic integrates 100-bed Ohio hospital
Dover, Ohio-based Union Hospital became a full member of Cleveland Clinic, the health system announced April 2.

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