Cover Story M&A: Finding the Right Match

After years of flat activity, billions of dollars worth of hospital mergers and acquisitions are having a profound effect on the industry. Hospitals of all sizes are being wooed and won as national hospital chains and regional competitors look to grab a bigger share of an increasingly consolidated market or, in some cases, simply to survive.

Late last year, 86% of healthcare leaders were projecting increased activity in 2011 for the acute care hospital sector, according to the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges. And in the first nine months of this year, 132 hospitals were involved in 71 deals valued at $6.9 billion, according to Sanford Steever, editor of The Health Care M&A Monthly for Irving Levin Associates, which maintains M&A databases on the healthcare industry. With three months to go in the year, Steever notes that 2011 has already outpaced 2010 in terms of dollars spent ($5.8 billion), has surpassed the number of hospitals involved (126), and needs only three more deals to match the 2010 pace…

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This article appears in the November 2011 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

Full article available at: HealthCare Media Council website