Capella, MUSC JV to buy South Carolina system

The joint venture between Capella Healthcare and the Medical University of South Carolina has signed a definitive agreement to acquire KershawHealth, a Camden, South Carolina health system.

The deal was first announced last year, following the launch of Capella-MUSC Health Network, a clinical partnership between the two entities. The deal was then valued at $45 million, according to a release.

Terms of the acquisition were not announced Friday and the deal is expected to close November 1. Capella-MUSC will assume control of the system's 121-bed medical center, a 96-bed long-term care center, an outpatient and urgent care facility, a sleep diagnostic center and home health and hospice services.

"As we’ve gotten to know the healthcare providers and community here over the past year, we’ve become even more enthused about this unique partnership," Michael Wiechart, Capella president and CEO, said in a release. "Like us, KershawHealth is committed to providing the highest quality of care and to exceeding patients’ expectations.  With more than a century of service, KershawHealth is a significant and well-respected community asset, and we are ecstatic to become its partner for the future. Our goal in working together is to ensure the continued delivery of high quality local healthcare, expand services, and provide seamless access to the advanced care available through MUSC Health.”

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