U.S. Hospital M&A Trends, 1H 2019

U.S. Hospital M&A Trends, 1H 2019

It’s been a slow year for hospital mergers and acquisitions in the United States. In the first half of 2019, just 29 transactions have reached the definitive agreement stage, or actually closed. In the first half of 2018, 38 transactions made that cut. The targets are much smaller in 2019, too. A total of 4,991 beds changed hands in the first six months of this year, compared with 9,327 beds in the same period in 2018. Fourteen not-for-profit hospitals or systems (2,380 beds combined) were targets in 1H:19, and three of them were critical access hospitals which are regulated to just 25 beds. That’s not a stand-out trend, considering six critical access hospitals found new... Read More »
Community Health Systems Sells Three More Hospitals

Community Health Systems Sells Three More Hospitals

Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH) is still at it. The financially troubled hospital chain unloaded three more hospitals in May, bringing the number of divested facilities in 2019 to seven. The latest announcements involved two Florida hospitals, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center (193 beds) in Davenport and Lake Wales Medical Center (160 beds) in Lake Wales, along with their respective assets, physician clinic operations and outpatient services. The acquirer is AdventHealth, formerly known as Adventist Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system with 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,200 licensed beds in nine states. Lake Wales Medical Center has been struggling... Read More »
U.S. Hospital M&A Trends, 1H 2019

Hospital Deals Picked up in Q4:18

Mergers and acquisitions in the Hospital sector have risen steadily since a pronounced drop in the second quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter ended with 20 deals, up 18% quarter over quarter, but down 20% year over year. The 20 deals made up 25% of the 79 deals announced in the previous 12 months. Community Health Systems, which has divested 43 underperforming facilities or ones in non-core markets in the past two years, sold seven hospitals in the fourth quarter of 2018. Four were standalone facilities throughout South Carolina, two were part of the Mary Black Health System that is also in South Carolina and the last was in Salem, New Jersey. The selling will continue in 2019, as CHS CEO... Read More »
Community Health Systems Sells Three More Hospitals

Hospital Transactions Held Steady in Q3:2018

Mergers and acquisitions in the Hospital sector held steady from the second to the third quarter, with 15 definitive agreements announced in each. Deal volume dropped 12% compared with the same quarter in 2017. The 15 deals announced in the second quarter made up 19% of the 80 deals announced in the previous 12 months. One factor behind the decline from the first quarter was the end of the announced divestitures made by some for-profit chains, particularly Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH) and its spin-off, Quorum Health (NYSE: QHC). Together with Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC), these three companies spent the previous six quarters selling off underperforming assets in non-core markets.... Read More »
Tower Health Adds Urgent Care and ASC Deals

Tower Health Adds Urgent Care and ASC Deals

Tower Health, a six-hospital system across southeastern Pennsylvania, is growing its network rather aggressively lately. On October 2, it announced the acquisition of Premier Urgent Care, which runs 19 urgent care centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. A week earlier, it reported a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International (USPI), part of Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC). Tower Health is the new name for the former Reading Health System, based in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Until May 2017, the system consisted of Reading Hospital, which housed a cancer institute, a cardiac center, a rehabilitation hospital and a physician network of more than 1,000 physicians. On May 30 of... Read More »