Va. systems plan wedding
* Loudoun Healthcare, Leesburg, Va., plans to merge with five-hospital Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va., to expand and upgrade 92-bed Loudoun Hospital Center and other facilities. The announcement comes as for-profit system HCA awaits Loudoun County's go-ahead to build a 164-bed competing hospital nearby. The HCA project already has state approval. As proposed, Inova would make an initial payment of $200 million to Loudoun Healthcare to add heart and cancer centers at Loudoun Hospital Center, install 30 beds at its downtown campus, and build four smaller health centers and an urgent-care center. Federal regulators must approve the merger.
Monsour files bankruptcy
* Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette, Pa., filed for bankruptcy protection Oct. 15 for the third time since 1993. The 139-bed hospital has $1 million to $10 million in assets and the same amount in debts, according to a petition filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. It also has from 16 to 49 creditors, including the Jeannette sewage and sanitation department, Allegheny Power, the Hospital & HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania, Mercy Jeannette Hospital and the U.S. Treasury, the petition said. Monsour Medical failed an inspection by the state Department of Health earlier this year.
Replacement in the works
* The Midwest division of HCA, Nashville, filed a letter of intent earlier this month with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee to build an $89 million replacement hospital for 83-bed Lee's Summit (Mo.) Hospital in suburban Kansas City. HCA acquired the hospital in its $1.13 billion purchase of not-for-profit Health Midwest in 2003. The new hospital campus will be on 39 acres with a medical office building planned and room for future expansions.