The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., sold Jacksonville, Fla.-based St. Luke's Hospital and two adjacent medical office buildings to St. Vincent's Health System, Jacksonville, for $150 million. St. Vincent's, which is owned by Ascension Health, St. Louis, will lease the facilities to Mayo until construction finishes on Mayo's new $226 million, 214-bed hospital, also in Jacksonville. Mayo and St. Vincent's began negotiations in 2001, but competitor HCA challenged certificate-of-need requests needed to complete the sale, said Erik Kaldor, a Mayo spokesman. Florida administrative and district court judges dismissed HCA's challenges, Kaldor said. -- by Melanie Evans
Mayo sells Fla. hospital, office buildings
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