Dialysis company DaVita announces in May that it will acquire HealthCare Partners, which operates medical groups and physician networks in California, Nevada and Florida, including three of the 32 accountable care organizations participating in Medicare's Pioneer ACO program. At closing in November, the deal is valued at $4.7 billion, including $3.7 billion in cash.
Ascension Health signs a memorandum of understanding to acquire Marian Health System's 27 hospitals in Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Ascension, the nation's largest not-for-profit system, already holds a 50% stake in Via Christi Health, Marian's six-hospital division in Wichita, Kan. Bringing Marian into its fold would raise Ascension's hospital tally past 100.
In October, Trinity Health and Catholic Health East announce they intend to merge, forming what would be the third-largest not-for-profit system by net patient revenue (a combined $11.9 billion in their most recent fiscal years). With no overlap between the systems' markets, the combination would give the merged organization a presence in 19 states from coast to coast.
Privately owned Prime Healthcare, which has specialized in buying and turning around failing hospitals in California, buys five hospitals outside its home state and enters negotiations to buy three more. Prime says the deals are only the beginning of an expansive buying spree.
After months of rumors that Beaumont Health System in Royal Oaks, Mich., would be bought, the system agrees to merge with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System. The union would bring together eight Southeast Michigan hospitals, including Henry Ford's 773-bed flagship facility and 1,061-bed Beaumont Hospital.