HCA, Nashville, signed a definitive agreement to buy 96-bed Northern Virginia Community Hospital, Arlington, Va. The hospital is operated by nursing home chain Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky., and owned by Ventas, a real estate investment trust. HCA also announced it has sought approval from the Virginia Office of Health Facilities Regulation to build a new hospital in Loudoun County that would replace Northern Virginia Community Hospital and HCA's 100-bed Dominion Psychiatric Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Under the proposal, the hospitals would remain open until HCA completes the replacement hospital in 2005 or 2006.
HCA plans to acquire, rebuild Va. hospital
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