Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. said in a letter today that he will take no action on the $154.1 million sale of tax-exempt Sumner Regional Health Systems, Gallatin, Tenn., to investor-owned LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn. The attorney general's decision clears the way for the completion of the four-hospital system's sale. A judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Nashville already gave his assent to the deal.
Tenn. will take no action on Sumner sale
Cooper's letter cited LifePoint's agreements to provide inmate care to four counties, including Sumner County, which formerly owned the health system and objected to the sale in bankruptcy court, and to its charity-care commitments in three counties, also including Sumner.
Once completed, the deal would be LifePoint's second acquisition of a tax-exempt hospital or system this year. The company purchased 75-bed Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, Ky., on April 30.
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