Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala., said it plans to allocate resources to developing five hospitals it owns in the area and will "create new directions" for two other Alabama medical centers, Citizens Baptist, Talladega, and DeKalb Baptist, Fort Payne. Baptist didn't elaborate on the "new directions" in its statement, but said it plans to ensure "the healthcare needs of these communities are served." A Baptist spokesman said the system began discussions about the hospitals last week. Baptist is negotiating with HealthSouth Corp. to buy the company's so-called digital hospital in Birmingham, which is under construction. Earlier this spring, Baptist signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture with Triad Hospitals to build a replacement facility for Montclair Baptist in Birmingham. -- by Joseph Mantone
Ala. system says it will focus on Birmingham hospitals
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