The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers efforts to take over ownership of 441-bed Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh have hit a snag. UPMC officials said the Federal Trade Commission has requested further information as it examines the competitive implications of this transaction in greater detail.
Officials said the request was not unusual and said the FTC assured them that no decision has been made.
Separately, UPMC is in discussions with the state attorney general regarding a merger agreement that will maintain the accessibility and availability of key services historically provided by Mercy Hospital, said UPMC spokeswoman Wendy Zellner.
Officials remain optimistic they will reach an agreement, she added. When the merger was announced last September, officials said they optimistically hoped it would close by the end of the year, but also said that regulators would control the timeline.
Net proceeds from the transfer of ownership would result in a contribution of $100 million to the Sisters of Mercy to administer a fund to support the local community, officials said. UPMCs largest competitor, West Penn Allegheny Health System, reportedly has raised objections to the pending merger. -- by Cinda Becker