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Kansas City, MO: July 2014: Carondelet to Sell 2 Hospitals to For-Profit Chain Prime Healthcare

California: July 2014: For-Profit Prime Healthcare Emerges as Bidder for 6-hospital Catholic system

Waterbury, CT: July 2014: St. Mary's to Join For-Profit Chain Tenet Healthcare

Camp Hill, PA: June 2014: Affiliation of Catholic Hospital with Geisinger Keeps Restrictions Intact

Passaic, NJ: June 2014: Sale of Catholic Hospital to For-Profit Chain Almost Finalized, AG Conditions Attached

Michigan: May 2014: Two CHE Trinity Health Hospitals to Become Part of Munson Healthcare

Poughkeepsie, NY: April 2014: St Francis Sold to Westchester Medical, Becomes Secular

Houston, TX: February 2014: Two CHRISTUS Hospitals Become Part of Houston Methodist

California: February 2014: Santa Clara County Considers Buying 2 Daughters of Charity Hospitals

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Chicago, IL: July 2013: Hospital to Keep Catholic Restrictions After Sale

Kansas City, MO May 2013: Two Ascension Hospitals Sold to CHA Midwest Health System

Portland, ME December 2012: Sale of Catholic Hospital Draws Questions on Patient Care

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Baltimore, MD March 2012: St. Joseph Enters Agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

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Atlanta, GA January 2012: St. Joseph's Health System Joins Emory Healthcare

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Reno, NV October 2011: Catholic Healthcare West to Sell St. Mary's, Suitors Include For-Profit System

Waterbury, CT August 2011: 2 Hospitals (1 Catholic) to be Sold to For-Profit System

Knoxville, TN July 2011: Catholic Health Partners' 7 Hospitals to be Sold to HMA

Elmira, NY June 2011: St Joseph's to Consolidate with Arnot Ogden Medical Center

Waterbury, CT June 2011: St Mary's Joint Venture with LHP Hospital Group

Kalamazoo, MI June 2011: Trinity Health to Sell Stake in Battle Creek Health System

Knoxville, TN May 2011: Catholic Health Partners Considers Selling 7 Hospitals to HMA

Miami, May 2011: Mercy Hospital Sold to HCA

Lowell, MA April 2011: Saints Medical Center Signs LOI with Steward

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Chicago, December 2010: Holy Cross to Join Vanguard

Boston, October 2010: Caritas Christi Sells 6 Hospitals to Cerberus

Chicago, May 2010: Resurrection Sells 2 Hospitals to Vanguard


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Sale of Religious Hospitals to Non-Religious Buyers

When financially-stressed Catholic hospitals or health systems are put up for sale, there often is a condition that the hospital must continue to follow Catholic health restrictions after the sale.

In some cases, purchasers of these Catholic hospitals have agreed to this condition of sale without adequate input from state regulators or community members most affected by a restricted menu of services. Recent sales of Catholic hospitals in Miami and Chicago included agreements by the purchaser to allow the religious restrictions to remain in place, even though the hospital would no longer be Catholic-owned.

New proposals in Atlanta, Knoxville, TN and New Haven, CT illustrate that this trend is not slowing down any time soon. However, there are approaches available for immediately or gradually lifting religious health care restrictions at formerly Catholic hospitals, so that their patients can have access to an expanded range of services.

Sunsetting religious restrictions

Health care restrictions at religiously-affiliated hospitals can be lifted when they are acquired by secular hospitals or health systems, if the buyer  planned ahead of time. The sale of a bankrupt or otherwise fiscally-distressed religious hospital to a secular purchaser presents an opportunity to lift health care restrictions and begin to provide a complete range of health care services and options, particularly reproductive health care. This sunsetting of restrictions can be achieved in a number of ways.

  • Lift the restrictions after an established transition period. This was the approach adopted by Montefiore Medical Center when it acquired Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx section of New York City. Montefiore agreed to keep Catholic health restrictions in place at Our Lady of Mercy for three years, after which they were discontinued.
  • Tie use of the religious restrictions to continuing use of the religious hospital name.  This was the approach taken by Bayonne Medical Center in its purchase of St. Vincent's Hospital in Staten Island, New York. After the transaction went through, Bayonne immediately changed the name of the hospital to Richmond University Medical Center, and thus religious restrictions were dropped.

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