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FTC Investigates Capella-Mercy Hospital Deal in Arkansas

The Federal Trade Commission has "issued at least one subpoena" regarding a proposed merger between Mercy Hospital Hot Springs (Ark.) and National Park Medical Center, also in Hot Springs, though details surrounding the subpoenas and investigation have not been provided, according to an Arkansas Business report.

The FTC did not comment in the story, and both hospital systems said there is no new information to share.

Last November, Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy and Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella Healthcare signed an asset purchase agreement to merge the two hospitals under Capella's ownership.

The deal has received a lot of scrutiny since then. Vatican officials in Rome have voiced their displeasure with the deal, saying there are concerns with Mercy's hospital merging with the for-profit ownership.

More Articles on Capella Healthcare and Mercy:

Mercy Health Board Members Meet With Catholic Bishop to Discuss Hospital Sale
Vatican May Halt Mercy Health's Plan to Sell Arkansas Hospital
Capella Healthcare and Mercy Health to Join Hospitals in Arkansas

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