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Adventist Health, Bert Fish Officially End Merger

Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., has officially ended its merger with Adventist Health's Florida Hospital in Orlando, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.

Bert Fish has returned to public control, under the Southeast Volusia Hospital District.

In February, a judge 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 future of the New Smyrna hospital remains uncertain, but many experts believe it will need to merge or sell to another system to remain viable, according to the report.

As part of the separation agreement, Adventist will pay Bert Fish Medical Center $1.35 million within the next 30 days and will pay the Volusia hospital taxing district $1.5 million, according to the report.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report on Bert Fish Medical Center.

Related Articles on Bert Fish Medical Center:
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