Six months after a 10-year antitrust consent degree expired, Mease Health Care System, Dunedin, Fla., and Morton Plant Hospital Association, Clearwater, Fla., will again pursue a merger. The health systems said in a news release that they soon will file documents with the Justice Department seeking antitrust clearance for the deal. Regulators objected to the pair's first merger attempt in 1993 but allowed them to combine some support services, such as medical records, housekeeping and outpatient laboratory, under Morton Plant Mease Health Care. "The configuration has been cumbersome to execute and consumes resources better spent for the community's benefit," said Bruce Fyfe, chairman of Morton Plant Hospital and Morton Plant Mease Health Care, in the release. According to American Hospital Directory, Mease owns a 159-bed hospital in Dunedin and a 189-bed hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla. Morton Plant owns 469-bed Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla., and a 102-bed hospital in New Port Richey, Fla. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospitals plan second try at proving merger's value
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