Reuters reported late Wednesday that the private-equity owner of Capella Healthcare has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help it sell the eight-year-old Franklin-based hospital chain. CEO Dan Slipkovich wouldn't comment on a potential sale by GTCR Golder Rauner — which could be worth almost $1 billion — but did say the company "must be open" to all options as the hospital sector enters the reform era. Capella, which posted a small profit from continuing operations in the second quarter, runs 14 hospitals in six states.
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