Kootenai Health Adds Critical Access Hospitals

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 »
Prisma Health Picks Up Three LifePoint Hospitals

Prisma Health Picks Up Three LifePoint Hospitals

Not-for-profit Prisma Health, based in Greenville, South Carolina, has stayed out of the news since it was formed by the merger of Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health. That changed in March, with the announcement that it was adding three hospitals operated by LifePoint Health. Financial terms of the asset purchase agreement weren’t disclosed. Prisma Health operates 18 hospitals around the state, with 2,984 beds and more than 300 physician practice sites. The merger between Greenville Health and Palmetto Health was first announced in 2017, as several mid-sized health systems began to form larger regional systems. The merger became official in January 2019. LifePoint Health,... Read More »
Prisma Health Picks Up Three LifePoint Hospitals

Hospital M&A in 2019, by the Numbers

The hospital M&A market experienced some significant changes last year. In the United States, the rush to regionalize tapered off in 2019, after four years of multi-hospital transactions. The market for long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) was hopping, unfortunately driven by a couple of large bankruptcy proceedings. Deals either targeting or involving critical access hospitals (CAHs) ticked up slightly. And the divestiture programs of some for-profit chains began to wind down. In all, 74 U.S. hospital deals reached the definitive agreement or finalized stage in 2019, excluding foreign deals and those made by real estate investment trusts (REITs). The total is 12% more than the 66... Read More »
Prisma Health Picks Up Three LifePoint Hospitals

The State of the 2020 Hospital Market

The hospital market was more active in 2019 than it has been since 2015, with 99 deals reaching the definitive agreement stage or closed. In 2015, 100 deals were announced. In the years in between, deal volume dropped from 89 in 2016 to 81 in 2018. Many not-for-profit systems find themselves on firmer financial ground and are negotiating deals from positions of strength, not fear. But the healthcare landscape continues to shift, and the role of the hospital is changing with it. In 2020, many hospitals are still the life-blood of their communities, often as the largest employer. But their role as the central hub of all healthcare delivery in the community is lessening, and fast. “Ten to 15... Read More »
Kootenai Health Adds Critical Access Hospitals

Western Maryland Health Joins UPMC

Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) has officially joined Pittsburgh-based UPMC. Western Maryland operates the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center (200 licensed beds) and serves the residents of Cumberland, Maryland and surrounding counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The deal culminates a relationship between the organizations that began in 2018 with a clinical affiliation. In March 2019, both boards signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement. The merger was finalized on February 1 and the system was renamed UPMC Western Maryland. The board of UPMC Western Maryland consists of 12 directors, with 8 appointed by the current WMHS board... Read More »