CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE WEST: Buys UniHealth Network
San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West announced Friday it is planning to acquire "UniHealth's network of eight Southern California hospitals." The Los Angeles Times reports that terms of the deal "are still being negotiated." A spokesperson for Burbank-based UniHealth "said the deal gives its hospitals the chance to join with a larger nonprofit organization in negotiating for business with managed care companies." Beth O'Brien, CEO of UniHealth's Southern California region, "said there are no plans to close any hospitals." The network CHW is acquiring from UniHealth includes two hospitals in Orange County -- "the 139-bed La Palma Intercommunity Hospital and the 205-bed Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim" (Marsh, 10/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.