Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., said it executed a definitive agreement to acquire Chester County Hospital and Nursing Center, Chester, S.C., for undisclosed terms. HMA expects to close the deal by Sept. 30. The hospital has 154 beds, including 100 nursing home beds. The county-owned hospital struggled in 2001 and 2002 as county board members and hospital board members fought over which had the right to fill vacancies on the hospital board. The county council filed a lawsuit in 2001, and a state court judge ruled in 2002 that the hospital board had the ultimate right to name board members. If the deal closes, HMA would own or operate 53 hospitals in 16 states. -- by Vince Galloro
HMA to acquire S.C. county hospital
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