The hospital consolidation trend in metro Atlanta took another turn Friday with Henry Medical Center announcing it would enter partnership talks with Piedmont Healthcare....

The hospital consolidation trend in metro Atlanta took another turn Friday with Henry Medical Center announcing it would enter partnership talks with Piedmont Healthcare.

The Henry Medical announcement was highly anticipated, with Emory Healthcare and Piedmont the top suitors for the Stockbridge hospital.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the options for the talks will include an outright sale, a lease arrangement or a joint venture.

Recently, Emory announced an agreement with St. Joseph’s Hospital to form a joint operating company.

Stand-alone hospitals are seeking partners as health care reform and market trends have created momentum toward integrated health systems, both in Atlanta and nationally.


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  • Stevie

    Good luck to Henry. Get good compliance professionals and watch yurself

  • Harry Heiman

    As hospital systems consolidate in response to market trends, the real question that needs to be asked is where do patient care and community health fit into the evolving picture. Based on past performance, most hospitals have acted based on their financial bottom lines, often at the expense of health outcomes. We–consumers and providers–need to ensure that access to affordable, high quality care and investments in community health remain core features of these developing hospital systems.

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