MEDINA, OhioMedina General Hospital may become a member of Cleveland-based University Hospitals network, according to a memorandum of understanding announced last month. The announcement did not describe the nature of the potential affiliation tying 118-bed Medina to University Hospitals, which owns six hospitals and has partnerships with another four. The relationship, to be crafted during a period of due diligence, could enhance and expand Medinas primary-care network and critical-care program as well as provide access to University Hospitals centers of excellence, according to a news release. Our board gave serious consideration over many months to this decision, looking at several partnership options, said Medina President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Hallman in the release. Medina General, about 35 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles west of Akron, had been reported to be in talks with 468-bed Akron General Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic and Akron-based Summa Health System in addition to University Hospitals.
BARBERTON, OhioCommunity Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn., last month signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, to negotiate the sale of 226-bed Barberton Citizens Hospital. The potential deal is the fourth divestiture to arise for Community since it acquired Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas, in July for $6.97 billion. No terms were disclosed. Community owns a 93.5% stake in Barberton Citizens Hospital, with Summa and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation each owning 3.25% stakes. Summa is interested in the hospital as part of its strategy to seek growth outside of Akron, Summa spokesman Mike Bernstein said. Barberton is a good fit because many physicians who practice at Barberton also practice at one of Summas three hospitals, and many Barberton patients seek care in its Akron hospitals, Bernstein said. Summa is conducting due diligence on the hospital, which officials expect to complete by years end, at which time they anticipate finishing a definitive agreement to buy Communitys stake in the hospital, Bernstein said. If a deal is completed, he added, Summa intends to retain the leadership and staffing levels of the hospital.
PONTIAC, Mich.McLaren Health Care Corp., Flint, Mich., announced that it has purchased the 262-bed POH Medical Center and its eight satellite facilities for an undisclosed amount. Opened in 1953 and formerly known as the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, the facility will now operate as POH Regional Medical Center with President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Lamberti retaining his position, said Kevin Tompkins, vice president of marketing for McLaren. POH broke even last year on revenue of about $200 million, Tompkins said, adding that Pontiac is a tough market, and people are scratching for market share and scratching for volume. With the acquisition, McLaren now has eight hospitals to go along with a nursing service, a health plan, and about 150 other locations such as clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. In July, it started construction on a health village 12 miles north of Pontiac in Independence Township. Tompkins said McLaren estimates that the 78-acre complexwhen completedwill cost between $500 million and $600 million to build.
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