Prime Healthcare Services has entered into a deal to buy another hospital from Community Health Systems, the second this month.
The Ontario, Calif.-based chain will buy 85-bed Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, Texas, a facility that Community picked up in its $3.9 billion acquisition of Health Management Associates.
Following the deal, Community will have 17 hospitals in Texas while Prime will pick up its fourth.
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community said this month that it would sell Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., to Prime. Riverview is one of two hospitals that Community needed to divest to gain antitrust approval for its HMA deal, which closed last January.
Prime has been involved in a string of fourth-quarter transactions. Last week, the chain disclosed a deal to buy a Las Vegas medical center, North Vista Hospital, from Iasis Healthcare. It also agreed to buy two Missouri hospitals from Ascension Health: St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City and St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs, which operate together as Carondelet Health.
Prime is also seeking approval to buy six-hospital Daughters of Charity Health System in Los Altos, Calif., a deal that has received significant pushback from the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West as well as elected officials. —Beth Kutscher