Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., has completed the purchase of 12 behavioral health businesses from Alpharetta, Ga.-based Charter Behavioral Health Systems for $105 million. The acquired facilities, in nine states, have a total of 1,400 beds, earnings of $27 million and net revenue of $150 million. UHS' behavioral-health division now has 35 facilities.
One of Charlotte, N.C.'s dominant hospital systems has teamed up with three physician groups to plan what could become a new heart hospital. Carolinas HealthCare System, which operates the 736-bed Carolinas Medical Center, announced the deal last week with Mid-Carolina Cardiology Associates, the Sanger Clinic and Charlotte Cardiology Associates. The physician groups represent 91 doctors. The four partners plan to develop a "heart-care center of excellence," according to a press release. It may be housed in an existing facility or be newly constructed. The heart center is expected to be completed within five years. No cost estimate has been determined, said Kirsten Bass, a Carolinas spokeswoman.
Heather Hill Hospital and Health Care Center, a 250-bed facility in Chardon, Ohio, earlier this month signed a tentative merger-like partnership agreement with the Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System. The deal, which awaits regulatory approval from Ohio's attorney general, is expected to close on Oct. 16. UHHS operates six hospitals, including Chardon's only other acute-care facility, 126-bed UHHS Geauga Regional Hospital.