Community Health Systems has sold Payson Regional Medical Center in Arizona to Banner Health.
Terms of the sale of the 44-bed hospital were not disclosed. Banner Health is a Phoenix-based nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals in six states. Following the deal, CHS will continue to operate three hospitals in Arizona.
Separately, The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia, reports that CHS execs have ended their talks with officials from the 376-bed St. Francis Hospital there. A buyout would have grown CHS' hospital network in Georgia to six.
Shares of CHS (Ticker: CYH) were down Friday afternoon to $58.51. Year to date ,they're up 8.5 percent.
Avondale Partners analyst Paula Torch says investors should expect generally good second-quarter numbers from hospital operators in the coming weeks. The recent positive preview from industry leader HCA Holdings was a good tell and should generally translate to other operators. Torch expects LifePoint report earnings per share of $1.01, two cents above analysts’ consensus, on the back of good patient volumes, better cost controls and the upgrading of acquired hospitals. But she’s not as bullish on the prospects of Community Health Systems, which she expects will earn 88 cents per share, a penny less than consensus. But revenues should be strong, she says, helped by easier comparisons to last year’s Q2 and helping to offset spending on doctor recruitment at former HMA hospitals.
Marilyn Tavenner, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has resigned her seat on the board of LifePoint Health. Tavenner was named a director of the Brentwood-based company only this past April, but is stepping down to focus on her new job as CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, one of the biggest trade groups in the health care sector.
William F. Carpenter III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LifePoint Health, said, “On behalf of LifePoint, I want to congratulate Marilyn on her appointment as AHIP President and CEO. While this means we must lose her as a member of our Board of Directors, the healthcare industry remains very fortunate to have Marilyn as a leader during this time of change. She will play an important role in making communities healthier by providing continued leadership in the efforts to improve access to quality, affordable care for all Americans. Our board understands her need to focus on this new endeavor, and we wish her the very best.”
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