Bert Fish Medical Center

Bert Fish Medical Center

Talks to complete Bert Fish Medical Center’s third attempt to merge with Florida Hospital are about halfway done, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

 

Adventist Health System, which owns the Florida Hospital chain, has offered $40 million for the publicly owned Bert Fish and will invest $35 million into the hospital, according to the News-Journal.

 

Bert Fish Medical Center

Bert Fish Medical Center will negotiate exclusively with Florida Hospital on a merger, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.  A regional CEO with Florida Hospital characterized the approval from the Southeast Volusia Hospital District Board of Commissioners as the “engagement” before the marriage of the 112-bed public hospital to the larger hospital system. It’s the second time the two have tried a merger, the News-Journal reports.  

Officials with USF Health say they are seriously considering a downtown Tampa campus for third- and fourth-year medical students, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jupiter’s Scripps Research Institute is considering partnering with the University of Southern California, but says it won’t affect its research center in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The independently owned Bert Fish Medical Center is back on the market after a second try at acquisition fell through, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

Melissa Lyttle / Tampa Bay Times

Some who questioned the sale of Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg to a for-profit corporation in April were left even more uneasy Tuesday amid news that the new owner -- Health Management Associates -- could be sold to Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. HMA owns 23 hospitals in the state and dozens of clinics. 

A number of publications around the state took note of how the prospective sale, which creates the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, could affect their area: 

Community Health Systems agreed Tuesday to pay $3.6 billion in cash and stock for Naples-based Health Management Associates, which will give Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg a new owner.

The combination of the two for-profit chains will total 206 hospitals in 29 states, the New York Times reports.

Tampa Bay Times

  Some hospitals that have been bought out by Health Management Associates (HMA) -- including St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center -- may get an unwelcome surprise, The Tampa Bay Times reports.