Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems said it signed a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire Mercy Hospital, a 168-bed hospital in Portland, Maine, which was previously in talks to be purchased by Steward Health Care System.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, based in Brewer, is one of the largest systems in Maine and owns seven hospitals. Mercy Hospital is owned by Catholic Health East.
In a joint news release issued Friday, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and Mercy said they would begin seeking regulatory and canonical approval immediately. Spokeswomen for both organizations declined to provide additional information.