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Moody's: Trinity, Catholic Health East "Mega-Merger" Positive for Non-Profit Sector

Last week, Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health and Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East said they planned to merge their two massive health systems. This proposed "mega-merger" is one of the biggest this year, and its sheer size could positively impact the entire non-profit hospital sector, according to a Moody's Investors Service report.

Moody's Associate Managing Director Lisa Goldstein said consolidation is an overall credit positive within the non-profit hospital industry, which generally has a negative outlook, and the Trinity-Catholic Health East deal represents the first multistate system-to-system merger since the mid-1990s.

Moody's portfolio has 16 multistate health systems. Trinity is the fifth largest with $8.4 billion in annual revenue, and Catholic Health East is the eighth largest with $4.3 billion. The merged system would become the second-largest non-profit, multistate hospital system in the country in revenue after St. Louis-based Ascension Health.

In the long term, Moody's expects large operating savings "as the enterprises leverage their skill and scale," and more system-to-system mergers may be on the horizon as more systems look to accomplish those same goals.

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