w*Columbia signed a letter of intent to acquire 231-bed Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence.
w*Columbia signed a letter of intent to lease 401-bed Medical Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, 82-bed Institute of Psychiatry and 90-bed MUSC Children's Hospital, all in Charleston.
w*553-bed Richland Memorial Hospital and 375-bed Baptist Medical Center, both in Columbia, proposed a mergerlike partnership.
w*Quorum signed a lease agreement to operate 78-bed Williamsburg County Memorial Hospital, Kingstree. It was renamed Carolinas Hospital System-Kingstree.
w*Quorum acquired 226-bed Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
w*Columbia acquired 95-bed Hillside Hospital, Pulaski, from Community Health Systems as part of a five-hospital swap (See Florida).
w*Columbia acquired 52-bed Whitwell (Tenn.) Medical Center.
w*339-bed Bristol (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center completed a merger with 384-bed Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsport.
w*A mergerlike partnership among 103-bed Cookeville (Tenn.) General Hospital, 190-bed Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville, and 148-bed Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, was proposed.
w*Columbia formed a 60-40 joint venture with St. David's Health Care System, Austin, which includes 318-bed St. David's Medical Center, 107-bed St. David's Rehabilitation Center and 80-bed The Pavillion at St. David's.
w*Columbia signed a letter of intent to acquire a 60% interest in 15-bed Mary Shiels Hospital, Dallas. The Shiels family, current owners of the hospital, will retain a 20% stake in the hospital, and a group of private investors will own the remaining 20%.
w*OrNda acquired 149-bed Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Houston.
w*OrNda acquired 389-bed Houston Northwest Medical Center for $154 million.
w*NetCare Health Systems, Nashville, Tenn., acquired 110-bed Denton (Texas) Community Hospital from Columbia.
w*Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi, finalized a 30-year lease agreement with 59-bed Bee County Regional Medical Center, Beeville, for $8.8 million.
w*Spohn paid $65 million for a 30-year lease of 307-bed Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi.
w*202-bed Bethania Regional Health Care Center and 218-bed Wichita General Hospital, both in Wichita Falls, signed a letter of intent to merge.
w*410-bed St. Mary of the Plains Hospital, Lubbock, and 669-bed Lubbock Methodist Hospital System signed a letter of intent to merge into Methodist/St. Mary Health System.
w*Shannon Health System, San Angelo, parent of 215-bed Shannon Medical Center, acquired 121-bed Concho Valley Regional Hospital, San Angelo, from Quorum. Concho Valley will be a satellite for 220-bed Shannon Medical Center.
w*Harris Methodist Health System, Fort Worth, completed an agreement to be a co-sponsor of 389-bed St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas, which remained an affiliated member of St. Louis-based Daughters of Charity National Health System's West Central Region.
w*Memorial Healthcare System, Houston, acquired 208-bed Southmore Medical Center, Pasadena, from Brentwood, Tenn.-based Touchstone Healthcare Management. Southmore had 1995 annual revenues of $42.5 million and assets of $23.6 million.
w*Presbyterian Healthcare System, Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center, an OrNda hospital in Rowlett, signed a letter of intent to reopen and operate Physicians Regional Hospital, Wylie, as a 50-50 joint venture. Each will put up $500,000 in working capital and spend $6 million to upgrade the 34-bed facility.
w*214-bed Children's Medical Center of Dallas; 131-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Dallas; Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas; and the physician group practice at the University of Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, announced plans to merge into one organization.
w*Memorial Health System of East Texas, San Augustine, agreed to lease 466-bed San Augustine Memorial Hospital for $225,000 for five years. San Augustine Hospital District will retain ownership of the hospital's assets.
w*Columbia sold 298-bed Columbia Plaza Medical Center East, Fort Worth, to Los Angeles-based Heritage Housing Development, which will renovate the facility into a 200,000-square-foot geriatric-care center.
w*Principal Hospital Co. signed a joint venture partnership with Tyler-based Trinity Mother Francis Healthcare System to acquire 93-bed Memorial Hospital in Palestine. The companies said Principal would be the general partner.
w*Universal acquired Timberlawn Mental Health System, which includes 117-bed Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital, Dallas.
w*Universal acquired 329-bed Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo, for $120 million from Amarillo Hospital District.
w*High Plains Baptist Health System, Amarillo, and St. Anthony's Hospital, Amarillo, merged to become 250-bed Baptist-St. Anthony's Health System.
w*Champion acquired 50-bed Jordan Valley Hospital, Salt Lake City, from Columbia in a hospital swap. In return, Columbia got 85-bed Autauga Hospital, Prattville, Ala., and $7.5 million in cash.
w*In a six-hospital swap, Paracelsus acquired 139-bed Pioneer Valley Hospital, West Valley City; 120-bed Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Layton; and 129-bed Santa Rosa Medical Center, Milton, Fla. In exchange, Columbia acquired 119-bed Peninsula Medical Center, Ormond Beach, Fla.; 190-bed Halstead (Kan.) Hospital; and 135-bed Elmwood Medical Center, Jefferson, La.
w*Paracelsus acquired 125-bed FHP Salt Lake Hospital for $70 million from FHP International Corp., Fountain Valley, Calif.
w*Columbia formed a 50-50 joint venture with 350-bed Arlington (Va.) Hospital.
w*311-bed Alexandria (Va.) Hospital signed a letter of intent to join Inova Health System, Springfield.
w*202-bed DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, completed its merger into Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, Md.
w*Bon Secours acquired 225-bed Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News.
w*Columbia signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to operate 33-bed Richmond (Va.) Eye and Ear Hospital. Richmond will retain 40% control, while Columbia assumes 40% and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals has 20%.
w*Columbia formed a 50-50 joint venture with 375-bed St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.
w*794-bed Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center signed a letter of intent to acquire 30-bed Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
w*334-bed West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, and 312-bed United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, announced a partnership that would maintain separate assets but operate as a single merged organization overseen by a joint operating board.
w*72-bed Lakeview Hospital, Wauwatosa, signed a 50-year lease with Covenant Healthcare System, Milwaukee.
w*87-bed Memorial Hospital, Burlington, finalized its membership in Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee. Aurora doesn't own the hospital but has approval over Memorial's budget and board members.
w*55-bed Myrtle Werth Medical Center, Menomonie, finalized its merger with Mayo Health System, Rochester, Minn.
Listings compiled by Modern Healthcare staff.