Six-hospital NetCare Health Systems, Nashville, acquired 50-bed Stone County Hospital, Wiggins, from the Stone County Board of Supervisors for undisclosed terms.
Health Management Associates signed a 30-year lease of 90-bed Rankin Medical Center, Brandon, for undisclosed terms. Separately, the company agreed to acquire two-hospital River Oaks Health System, Flowood, for undisclosed terms in a deal expected to be completed shortly.
Quorum acquired 211-bed Wesley Health System, Hattiesburg, for undisclosed terms.
Tenet bought three-hospital Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System, St. Louis, for $133.5 million. Separately, Tenet agreed to acquire 303-bed St. Louis University Hospital for a reported $300 million in a transaction expected to close early this year.
Youth and Family Center Services bought 112-bed Lakeland Regional Hospital, Springfield, for undisclosed terms.
Six-hospital Alegent Health, Omaha, bought the 72% outstanding stake of 160-bed Midlands Community Hospital, Papillion, from Quorum for about $15 million.
316-bed Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, bought 211-bed Lincoln General Hospital for
204-bed Clarkson Regional Health Services, Omaha, merged with 302-bed University of Nebraska Medical Center, also of Omaha.
Kearney cardiologist Rajitha Goli, M.D., bought 18-bed Sargent (Neb.) District Hospital for $609,175 and renamed it Goli Medical Center.
Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, which owns two South Dakota hospitals, agreed to buy 29-bed St. Anthony's Hospital, O'Neill, for undisclosed terms.
Quorum's 225-bed Desert Springs Hospital and Universal's 365-bed Valley Hospital Medical Center and 148-bed Summerlin Hospital, all of Las Vegas, formed a joint venture.
Two-hospital Cathedral Healthcare System, Newark, agreed to acquire 290-bed Hospital Center at Orange (N.J.). The hospital previously was to be acquired by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, a deal that was not completed.
270-bed Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, and 421-bed Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, merged under a new holding company, controlled 40% by Chilton and 60% by Valley Hospital. Subsequently, the company, Valley Health, began discussing a merger with three-hospital Atlantic Health System, Florham Park.
644-bed Clara Maas Health System, Belleville, formed a mergerlike partnership with nine-hospital Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Livingston.
465-bed Elizabeth (N.J.) General Medical Center and 266-bed St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, agreed to merge under a single parent organization in a deal expected to close by March.
246-bed General Hospital Center at Passaic (N.J.) merged with three-hospital Atlantic Health System. Separately, 162-bed Newton (N.J.) Memorial Hospital agreed to merge with Atlantic in a deal expected to be completed by midyear.
261-bed Helene Fuld Medical Center and 318-bed Mercer Medical Center, both of Trenton, merged into Capital Health System.
516-bed Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune; 292-bed Medical Center of Ocean County, Point Pleasant; and 356-bed Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, merged into Meridian Health System.
Two-hospital JFK Health Systems, Edison, and 261-bed Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield, agreed to merge into Solaris Health System.
139-bed Newcomb Health Services Corp., Vineland, N.J., merged into three-hospital South Jersey Health System, Bridgeton.
644-bed Northwest Covenant Medical Center, Denville; 229-bed St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic; and 621-bed St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson, formed Via Caritas to sponsor the hospitals and their affiliates. Each hospital continues to be individually managed and governed.
297-bed Rahway (N.J.) Hospital agreed to merge with 501-bed Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, in a deal expected to be completed early this year.
416-bed St. Peter's Medical Center and 398-bed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, both of New Brunswick, proposed a joint operating agreement. The deal was rejected by the Vatican, and the project is on hold while the new bishop for the Diocese of Metuchen decides how to proceed.
421-bed Valley Hospital, Ridgewood; Solomon Health Services, Denver; and Horizon Mental Health Management, Lewisville, Texas, signed a 19-year lease of 1,059-bed Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus. The contract takes effect in March.
198-bed Bayley Seton Hospital and 440-bed St. Vincent's Medical Center of Richmond, both on Staten Island, announced plans to merge by early 1998.
1,343-bed Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, took control of 715-bed St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, also of New York, through a new corporate parent called Greater Metropolitan Health Systems.
965-bed Buffalo General Health System, 313-bed Children's Hospital and 588-bed Millard Fillmore Health System, all of Buffalo, announced plans to merge by the end of March. The deal awaits state certificate-of-need approval. Separately, 210-bed DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, announced plans to merge with Buffalo General by March.
196-bed Central Suffolk Hospital, Riverhead; 80-bed Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport; and 127-bed Southampton (N.Y.) Hospital consolidated sponsorship under a new corporate parent called Peconic Health Corp. Each hospital retains its assets, board and management.
125-bed Cornwall (N.Y.) Hospital; 168-bed Horton Medical Center, Middletown; and 164-bed St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh, announced plans to form a single corporate parent called Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Daughters of Charity National Health System acquired 159-bed Mount St. Mary's Hospital of Niagara Falls, Lewiston, for undisclosed terms. Mount St. Mary's and 288-bed Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Memorial Medical Center completed a mergerlike partnership under a new organization called Health System of Niagara.
166-bed Faxton Hospital and 379-bed St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center, both of Utica, merged under a single governing board.
525-bed Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip; 387-bed Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre; 235-bed St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Port Jefferson; and 247-bed St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, agreed to merge into Catholic Health Services of Long Island. The deal was completed Jan. 1.
140-bed Kingston (N.Y.) Hospital and 71-bed Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, plan to merge into Cross River HealthCare in a deal expected to be completed early this year. Subsequently, 222-bed Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, agreed to a mergerlike affiliation with Cross River in a deal expected to close late this year.
Three-hospital Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, and nine-hospital North Shore Health System, Manhasset, merged.
433-bed Lutheran Medical Center and 705-bed Maimonides Medical Center, both in Brooklyn, agreed to form an integrated delivery system expected to be in operation early this year. Executives are considering whether to pursue a full-asset merger or another structure.
54-bed Myers Community Hospital, Sodus, announced plans to merge with 256-bed Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Newark, creating Wayne Healthcare, in a deal expected to close this quarter. The new healthcare corporation will operate as a unit of three-hospital Greater Rochester (N.Y.) Health System.
1,210-bed New York Hospital and 992-bed Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York continued negotiations on a merger announced in 1996 and expected to be completed shortly.
824-bed New York University Medical Center and 1,086-bed Mount Sinai Medical Center resumed discussions to merge hospital operations after talks broke off over a consolidation that also would involve their medical schools. Separately, New York University Medical Center took control of 166-bed New York Downtown Hospital, now called NYU Downtown Hospital, under a sponsorship agreement. NYU Downtown still manages its own assets and liabilities under a reconstituted board of trustees.
259-bed Park Ridge Health System and 190-bed St. Mary's Hospital, both of Rochester, formed a joint holding company, Unity Health System.
Roman Catholic healthcare sponsors in western New York agreed to form a single parent corporation governing seven hospitals. Its three corporate members will be the Diocese of Buffalo; Eastern Mercy Health System, Radnor, Pa.; and St. Louis-based Daughters of Charity National Health System's eastern region.
301-bed F.F. Thompson Health System, Canandaigua, and 262-bed Clifton Springs (N.Y.) Hospital and Clinic agreed to form a new parent corporation in a deal expected to be completed by March.
719-bed Strong Partners Health System, Rochester, a holding company created by the University of Rochester, acquired 225-bed Highland Hospital of Rochester for undisclosed terms.