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MUSC to buy 3 South Carolina hospitals

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The Medical University of South Carolina plans to buy three hospitals, a freestanding emergency room and affiliated physician practices owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health.

MUSC is looking to buy KershawHealth, a single-hospital system in Camden, S.C., and Providence Health, a two-hospital system based in Columbia, S.C., from LifePoint. 

MUSC's board voted June 25 on an agreement to purchase the hospitals and other facilities. The deal still needs approval from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority.

Earlier this year, a different deal to sell the three hospitals fell through. LifePoint inked a deal to sell the hospitals and ER to Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health. The parties canceled the deal April 9. The health systems said significant delays and challenges with the Federal Trade Commission "made it prohibitive to move forward."

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 2:45 p.m. June 25 after the board voted to purchase the hospitals. 

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