w*Baptist Health System, Birmingham, acquired 228-bed Shelby Medical Center, Alabaster, for $45 million and $9.8 million in assumption of debt. Baptist also committed a minimum of $37.5 million over five years for capital improvements.
w*Birmingham-based Carraway Methodist Health Systems acquired 99-bed Burdick-West Memorial Hospital, Haleyville.
w*Columbia acquired 85-bed Autauga Medical Center, Prattville, in a swap with Champion Healthcare Corp., which since merged with Paracelsus (See Utah).
w*Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health Group acquired 89-bed Jacksonville (Ala.) Hospital.
w*Tenet acquired 319-bed Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health System, Fairfield, for $47 million.
w*Columbia acquired 34-bed North Star Hospital and Counseling Center, a psychiatric facility in Anchorage, from Sterling Healthcare Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based chain of psychiatric facilities.
w*Seattle-based Sisters of Providence Health System bought 20-bed Seward (Alaska) General Hospital and changed the facility's name to Providence Seward Medical Center.
w*Behavioral Healthcare acquired 26-bed Aspen Hill Hospital, Flagstaff.
w 240-bed John C. Lincoln Hospital and Health Center in Phoenix signed a letter of intent to merge with Phoenix General Healthcare System, which operates 97-bed Phoenix General Hospital and Medical Center.
w*Samaritan Health System, which operates five acute-care hospitals throughout the state, signed a letter of intent to merge with Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco, which operates 493-bed St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix.
w*40-bed Bates Medical Center, Bentonville, merged with 225-bed Northwest Medical Center, Springdale, to form one organization on two campuses.
w*Cleburne Memorial Hospital, Heber Springs, owned by Cleburne County, was leased to Baptist Medical System of Little Rock for $25 a year.
w*Columbia formed a 50-50 joint venture with 360-bed Medical Center of South Arkansas, El Dorado, in a 50-50 joint venture.