A suburban Chicago hospital has stopped merger talks with a Roman Catholic hospital system in Indiana.
Ingalls Hospital, a 424-bed community facility in Harvey, Ill., had been close to inking a deal with Mishawaka, Ind.-based Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, a growing 11-hospital system that owns two south suburban Chicago hospitals and is bidding on a third.
Ingalls spokeswoman Kathleen Cap said the hospital ended talks because of market dynamics. "Our board felt our marketplace has changed so dramatically and wanted to explore what is the right decision for our hospital and our community," she said.
Kevin Leahy, president and chief executive officer for the St. Francis system, could not be reached for comment.