Three-hospital Carolina Medicorp, Winston-Salem, and five-hospital Presbyterian Healthcare System, Charlotte, merged into Novant Health System. Separately, 123-bed Community General Hospital of Thomasville (N.C.) merged with Novant.
Eight-hospital Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte; 762-bed North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem; 680-bed Pitt County Memorial Hospital-University Medical Center of Eastern Carolina, Greenville; and 659-bed University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, continued negotiations on a mergerlike partnership announced in 1996.
888-bed Duke University Medical Center, Durham, agreed to lease 216-bed Durham (N.C.) Regional Hospital for undisclosed terms. The deal is awaiting review by the Durham County Commission.
157-bed Wesley Long Community Hospital, Greensboro, merged with two-hospital Moses Cone Health System, also of Greensboro.
Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, took over sponsorship of 28-bed Oakes (N.D.) Community Hospital and Southeast Medical Centers, Hankinson, from the Sisters of St. Francis, Hankinson.
Paracelsus bought the outstanding 50% stake of two-hospital Dakota Heartland Health System, Fargo, for about $67 million from the Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo.
Quorum agreed to buy 160-bed UniMed Medical Center, Minot, and 42-bed Kenmare (N.D.) Community Hospital from Sisters of St. Francis, Denver, for an undisclosed sum.
269-bed St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, agreed to acquire 54-bed Garrison (N.D.) Memorial Hospital. Both hospitals are sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Priory in Bismarck.
Columbia and Columbia-CSA Health System, Cleveland, its joint venture with Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, bought 205-bed Saint Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland, for undisclosed terms.
230-bed Dayton (Ohio) Mental Health Center and 214-bed Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Columbus, both owned by the state, merged to create Twin Valley Psychiatric System.
Two-hospital Fairview Health System, Cleveland, and 323-bed Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital merged with two-hospital Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Separately, the clinic and four-hospital Meridia Health System, Mayfield Heights, merged.
Three-hospital Humility of Mary Health Care Corp., Middleburg Heights, became a division of Mercy Health System, Cincinnati.
Marion (Ohio) Health System, a for-profit joint venture of Marion General Hospital, Smith Clinic and the Marion Independent Physician Association, agreed to buy 86-bed MedCenter Hospital, also in Marion, for $12.4 million. The deal is expected to be completed Feb. 2.
162-bed Riverside Hospital, Toledo, merged with four-hospital Mercy Health Partners, also based in Toledo.
253-bed Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights, merged with four-hospital University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland. Separately, 41-bed Brown Memorial Hospital, Conneaut, also joined the system.
322-bed Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Warren, and three-hospital Western Reserve Healthcare Corp., Youngstown, merged.
Four-hospital Hillcrest HealthCare System, Tulsa, leased 25-bed Cleveland Area Hospital for undisclosed terms. Separately, it leased 84-bed Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau, and 28-bed Henryetta (Okla.) Medical Center, also for undisclosed terms.
Two-hospital University of Oklahoma Hospitals and Columbia announced a joint venture expected to be executed early this year. Columbia will pay $40 million to the University Hospitals Authority. In turn, Columbia will get the first $30 million of each year's profits, and the authority will earn the next
$9 million. Profits thereafter will be split 70-30, with Columbia getting the lion's share.
124-bed Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis, and 49-bed Lebanon (Ore.) Community Hospital agreed to consolidate into Samaritan Health Services. The deal is pending.
Separately, 266-bed Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights; 120-bed Canonsburg (Pa.) General Hospital; and two-hospital Forbes Health System, Monroeville, merged with 13-hospital Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation, Pittsburgh.
183-bed Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, merged with two-hospital Lancaster (Pa.) Health Alliance, which as part of the deal will invest
$4 million over five years in community healthcare programs at Brandywine and up to $2 million for information system upgrades.
Five-hospital Crozer-Keystone Health System, Springfield, acquired 185-bed Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, and a subsidiary corporation for $7.5 million.
218-bed Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia, began discussing a merger with six-hospital Temple University Health System, also of Philadelphia, expected to be completed early this year. Separately, 166-bed Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol, and 166-bed Neumann Medical Center, Philadelphia, merged with Temple.
58-bed Germantown (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center merged with two-hospital Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. Separately, negotiations continue for Albert Einstein to join Jefferson Health System, Radnor, Pa., as a third and equal voting member of the five-hospital system.
366-bed Hamot Medical Center and 477-bed Saint Vincent Health Center, both in Erie, agreed to merge and hope for antitrust clearance early this year.
78-bed Memorial Hospital of Bedford County, Everett, agreed to merge with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System effective this February. Also, 320-bed McKeesport (Pa.) Hospital agreed to merge with UPMC in a deal expected to be completed by March. Separately, 280-bed Passavant Hospital, 267-bed St. Margaret Memorial Hospital and 508-bed Shadyside Hospital, all of Pittsburgh, merged with UPMC, which will have 14 hospitals when the remaining deals are completed.
148-bed Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem, merged with 647-bed Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
Separately, 414-bed Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, and 107-bed Phoenixville (Pa.) Hospital merged with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Philadelphia.
454-bed Penn State University Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, merged with two-hospital Geisinger Health System, Danville, although final state antitrust approval had not been granted at year-end.
215-bed St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, acquired 136-bed Community General Hospital, also of Reading, for undisclosed terms.
118-bed Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, agreed to merge with three-hospital Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd. A definitive agreement is expected early this year.
Tenet agreed to acquire 175-bed Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, for undisclosed terms. However, Landmark said conversion would add $36 million to its charitable foundation.
387-bed Baptist Medical Center and 609-bed Richland Memorial Hospital, both of Columbia, agreed in December 1995 to form a mergerlike partnership. The deal is pending.
147-bed Bon Secours-St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Charleston; Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C.; and two-hospital Roper CareAlliance, Charleston, agreed to form a three-hospital company managed by Carolinas HealthCare.
Columbia agreed in 1995 to a 30-year lease of three-hospital Medical University of South Carolina for $1 billion. The deal is pending.
371-bed McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, agreed to acquire 87-bed Saint Eugene Community Hospital, Dillon, from SSM Health Care System, St. Louis, for undisclosed terms. The deal was completed Jan. 1.