Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va., identified a buyer for one of two outpatient centers the system agreed to divest in order to resolve an antitrust challenge brought by the Federal Trade Commission. A group of physicians who practice with Valley Nephrology Associates in Roanoke formed Fairlawn Surgery Center in order to acquire the Center for Surgical Excellence, which Carilion bought in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Imaging in 2008. A year later the FTC took issue with the deal and ultimately entered a consent order calling for Carilion to sell both centers to parties approved by the commission. The FTC will accept public comments through Feb. 19 on the decision to sell the surgery center to Fairlawn. In a news release announcing Fairlawn as the proposed buyer, Fairlawn physician F. Jackson Ballenger, M.D., says the center would allow the group to address the surgical needs associated with kidney disease.
Docs form surgery center to purchase Carilion asset
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