5 healthcare deals, closures physicians are monitoring

Here are five healthcare partnerships, acquisitions and mergers that physicians should know, as reported by Becker's since Jan. 22:

1. Los Angeles-based UCLA Health's acquisition of Los Angeles-based West Hills Hospital and Medical Center was approved by the University of California Board of Regents. UCLA's acquisition of the 260-bed hospital, which is part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's Far West division, aims to address the academic health system's patient, emergency department and operating room capacity constraints. 

2. Port Arthur-based Medical Center of Southeast Texas, an affiliate of Dallas-based Steward Health Care, will close its campus in Beaumont on Feb. 2. The closure of the physician-owned facility includes its emergency department and all hospital-related services, which will be relocated to the center's Port Arthur campus.

3. The University of Iowa Health Care acquired Mercy Iowa City. Mercy filed for bankruptcy in August, citing a difficult EHR implementation as a primary reason for filing. 

4. Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System will close two hospitals and all physician offices and health centers it operates in Western Wisconsin with multispecialty group Prevea Health. Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls will close around the end of the first quarter and the Prevea Health locations will close by April 21.

5. Nampa, Idaho-based Saltzer Health plans to sell or shut down by March 29. The physician group, which was acquired by Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health in October 2020, is negotiating its sale with other healthcare companies.

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