The Federal Trade Commission approved a buyer for an outpatient surgery center that seven-hospital Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va., agreed to divest as a part of consent agreement resolving an antitrust challenge.
FTC approves buyer for Carilion outpatient facility
The Center for Surgical Excellence will be sold to Fairlawn Surgery Center, an entity formed by a group of physicians associated with Valley Nephrology Associates in Roanoke. Carilion acquired the surgery center in 2008 along with the Center for Advanced Imaging. A year later the FTC alleged the acquisition eliminated competition for those services in the area, and Carilion ultimately agreed to divest both of them in a consent order finalized last November.
Carilion has not yet identified a proposed buyer for the imaging center although the order called for both divestitures to be complete within three months after the order was signed, a window that lapsed toward the end of February. A Carilion spokesman said in an e-mail that the system is “making good progress and providing the FTC with regular updates.”
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