Prime Healthcare Acquires Hospitals in Texas, Alabama, Pa.

Prime Healthcare Services, which has not yet announced if it will proceed with a pending $843 million deal to acquire six troubled hospitals in California from Daughters of Charity Health Systems — despite stringent conditions imposed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris (I-W, March 6) — has meanwhile closed acquisition of two hospitals from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems: Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, Texas, and Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., as well as related outpatient services.

“Prime Healthcare looks forward to continuing extraordinary care at both Dallas Regional and Riverview Regional,” said Dr. Prem Reddy, Indian American chairman and CEO of Prime Healthcare, in a statement.

Dallas Regional, founded in 1926, is a 202-bed acute-care hospital serving Dallas County and the nearby area. One of the largest employers in Mesquite with about 550 employees, the hospital has a da Vinci Surgical System, a heart and vascular center, a MAKO robotic surgery system and a wound care and hyperbaric center.

It gives Prime Healthcare a presence of five facilities in Texas.

Riverview Regional is a 281-bed acute-care hospital serving more than 350,000 residents in Etowah County and its environs. It has an endoscopy and bronchoscopy lab, heartburn treatment center, imaging center, sleep lab and wound care and hyperbaric center.  Riverview is Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare’s first facility in Alabama.

It was also announced March 2 that Prime has acquired Mercy Suburban Hospital, 126-bed Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Pa., from Mercy Health Systems, part of the nation’s largest tax-exempt health systems, Livonia, Mich.,-based Trinity Health. The price of the deal was not disclosed. The hospital lost $5.4 million on $54.6 million in revenue in the six months ended Dec. 31, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Prime Healthcare now has 34 acute-care hospitals in 11 states.

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