Novant finally gets its Triangle hospital

Novant, a non-profit hospital chain based in North Carolina, struck a deal with the troubled for-profit Health Management Associates in March 2008 where Novant took a sizeable ownership stake in seven HMA hospitals.

Today HMA filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission to restructure the deal.

Novant is dropping its interest in most of the hospitals, but it’s taking over complete control of Franklin Regional Medical Center, north of Raleigh, and Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Novant will retain a 30 percent stake in Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, North Carolina.

The non-profit chain will have its hands full with Franklin Regional Medical Center, which has been threatened more than once over the past several years by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

But Novant has been drooling over the Triangle market for years and recently failed to win permission to build a hospital in Holly Springs. This could be the opening the company has wanted — I’m sure we’ll hear much more from Novant in the Raleigh-Durham area. Overall I think this is good news — Novant is known for its quality, and it’s certainly an improvement over the bumbling HMA.

3 Comments

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  2. MikeNC

    October 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Overall I think this is good news…” I disagree, Novant is no different than Baptist or CHS. They are the primary reason that our health system is unsustainable. Building more hospitals, when there are enough beds in this state for everyone to be in the hospital at the same time, is outrageous. Hospitals are known for having little to no control over their costs and the state continues to allow them to justify need without holding them accountable. Competition is around the corner for hospitals on a whole new level. My insurance will pay to fly me across the country and it still ends up being 5 times cheaper than the same services at Novant/CHS/Baptist. They will be out of business permananetly if they don’t start controlling costs and pricing services accordingly.

  3. Adam Linker

    October 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Fair points — I only meant that Novant is a big quality improvement over HMA, which has managed Franklin Regional Medical Center with breathtaking incompetence.