• Health Catalyst Invests In healthfinch

    To kick off the third quarter, Health Catalyst has announced its second acquisition of 2020. On July 9, the company announced it acquired healthfinch, Inc. for roughly $40 million. healthfinch provides a workflow integration engine delivering insights and analytics into EMR workflows to automate physicians’ ability to close patient care gaps in... Read More »
  • Second Quarter Healthcare M&A Activity Drops

    The decline in second quarter healthcare M&A probably won’t surprise many of our readers. The second quarter was the first full quarter of healthcare M&A in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deal making took a hit as a result, as shown in results from our DSO database. Compared with Q1:20, Q2:20 dropped 20%, with 322 transactions... Read More »
  • Sanofi Inks New Licensing Deal

    Just weeks following its agreement with Translate Bio (NASDAQ: TBIO) for COVID-19 vaccine development, Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) has a new agreement with Kymera Therapeutics Inc. Sanofi and Kymera are signing a multi-program collaboration to develop and commercialize first-in-class protein degrader therapies targeting IRAK4 in patients with... Read More »
  • Summit BHC Expands Into West Virginia

    Private equity-backed Summit BHC has announced a new acquisition in West Virginia. The behavioral health treatment company added Highland Hospital to its network for an undisclosed sum. Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC is selling Highland Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility (131 beds) with 24 beds dedicated to psychiatric... Read More »
  • Health Care M&A Deals, July 10, 2020

    The Health Care M&A deals chart is a selection of transactions announced during the prior week(s). The M&A transactions presented here are from our Deal Search Online database, which is updated daily to provide our subscribers with the most up-to-date information and trends in the healthcare industry. The largest deal of the week based on... Read More »
Penn State Health Adds Holy Spirit Health

Penn State Health Adds Holy Spirit Health

For the first time in a few years, Penn State Health is adding another hospital system. The Hershey, Pennsylvania-based not-for-profit signed a definitive agreement to acquire Holy Spirit Health System from Geisinger Health System, another large not-for-profit system based in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger acquired Holy Spirit Health in October 2014. Holy Spirit is anchored by Holy Spirit Hospital (277 beds), a Level II Trauma Center located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, southwest of Harrisburg. The deal includes the hospital, its outpatient practices and urgent care centers in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York counties, as well as the Ortenzio Heart Center and the assets of West Shore... Read More »
Steward Health Care Goes to the Docs

Steward Health Care Goes to the Docs

The largest privately held hospital chain in the United States is now owned by a group of physicians who practice there. Steward Health Care System LLC was sold by its founding owner, Cerberus Capital Management, to a management group of Steward Health Care physicians led by the company’s CEO and founder, Dr. Ralph de la Torre. Dr. de la Torre, a cardiac surgeon, was tapped to run Steward’s predecessor, the six-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care in Boston, in April 2008. The current deal was structured as a recapitalization, with no additional leverage added to Steward’s balance sheet and Cerberus’ controlling interest was exchanged for a convertible note. The new... Read More »
Adventist Invests in Blue Zones

Adventist Invests in Blue Zones

Adventist Health has acquired Blue Zones, a community-based population health management company that employs a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. The organization’s work in more than 50 communities across America has been credited with double-digit drops in obesity, smoking and Body Mass Index, achieving millions of dollars of savings in healthcare costs. With the new coronavirus pandemic, the deal highlights the attention now focused on health care (or lack of it) in whole communities. The target, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, infuses healthy choices, enhances connections, instills purpose and fuels hope to impact... Read More »
Sold, Closed, Resold: The Verity Health Saga

Sold, Closed, Resold: The Verity Health Saga

It’s hard enough to go through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings once. Verity Health System, which has had a string of for-profit owners since it was sold by the Daughters of Charity Health System to BlueMountain Capital Management in 2016, is on its second round after a deal fell through last December. It’s just one of several distressed healthcare services stories, sad to say. The latest news came the week ending April 10, 2020, as a federal bankruptcy court judge approved the sale of St. Francis Medical Center (344 beds) in Lynnwood, California to Prime Healthcare Services for $262 million and the sale of St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles for $135 million. The buyer... Read More »
Steward Health Care Goes to the Docs

Kootenai Health Adds Critical Access Hospitals

Kootenai Health, a not-for-profit health system based in Coeur d’Alene in north-central Idaho, has taken on two critical access hospitals that were part of Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. Kootenai provides comprehensive medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the inland Northwest. Its main campus includes a 330-bed community-owned hospital. On April 1, ownership of two critical access hospitals, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (23 beds) in Orofino and St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics (25 beds) in Cottonwood, transferred to Kootenai. Clearwater Valley has two clinics in Orofino and Kooskia, one rural health clinic in Pierce and one physical... Read More »
Hospital M&A in the Age of Coronavirus

Hospital M&A in the Age of Coronavirus

Hospitals have always been a prime target in the healthcare services market. Suddenly the novel coronavirus pandemic has thrust them squarely into the national conversation. While the attention is warranted, it hasn’t been completely positive regarding a shortage of intensive care beds and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. We hosted a webinar on the effect the coronavirus will have on hospital M&A market later this year. Chris Schoeplein, Vice President at Ponder & Company, was a panelist who gave us his thoughts. HealthCareMandA.com: Looking back to what feels like another era, pre-coronavirus, how would you characterize the hospital M&A market in 2019?... Read More »