Ardent Health Services, Nashville, signed leases with six Oklahoma hospitals with a total of 283 staffed beds as part of its acquisition of Hillcrest HealthCare System, Tulsa, Okla. The hospitals -- in Bristow, Cleveland, Cushing, Henryetta, Pawnee and Wagoner -- were among 10 that Hillcrest operated through lease arrangements. The system also owned three hospitals. Of the leased hospitals, three were not included in the initial deal. While Ardent had planned to negotiate a new lease with 72-bed Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, officials with both organizations decided by August that the deal was not a good fit for the hospital, Ardent spokeswoman Shea Davis said. Xavier Villarreal, chief executive officer of Eastern Oklahoma, could not be reached for comment by deadline. Two of the four former Hillcrest hospitals not in the deal are operating independently or as part of another system and two remain with Hillcrest until they determine an alternative affiliation, said Jerry Rothlein, a senior vice president at Hillcrest before the merger who is assisting with the wrap-up. Hillcrest owned three hospitals, which were part of the deal. -- by Paul Barr
Ardent wraps up Hillcrest deal with hospital leases
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