Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., agreed to purchase 142-bed St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, Ga., from Ascension Health, St. Louis, for undisclosed terms. The deal is subject to the approval of the Georgia attorney general's office. The purchase agreement is the third announced by HMA since Oct. 1. The company also has closed on one hospital purchase during the quarter, giving it 58 hospitals in 16 states, as well as three hospitals in the pending deals. Ascension said in June that it was considering a sale, partnership or other strategic option for the Augusta hospital. The Roman Catholic system sent out a request for bids in August. -- by Vince Galloro
HMA agrees to buy Ga. hospital from Ascension
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