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Hospital M&As: strategic overview and reports of experience

Potential advantages and disadvantages of health care provider consolidation are identified in the lead-off article in this special issue of Frontiers devoted to mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations.  In the first article, consultant and strategist Alan Zuckerman also covers the key M&A questions that health care execs should be asking.  In the second paper, Ann Madden Rice, CEO of UC Davis Medical Center  discusses the academic medical center’s affiliation strategy with primary care clinics and community hospitals.  Julie Manas, CEO of Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA, draws on multiple past experiences with M&A situations to develop lessons for leaders who are going through the process.  Dorothy Erdmann, CEO of Shawano Medical Center in Wisconsin, describes the process of affiliating this community hospital with ThedaCare (Appleton, WI).  L. Ray Humphreys, CEO of Anderson Regional Medical Center (Meridian, MS), recounts the acquisition of nearby Riley Hospital from Health Management Associates.

Why I like this article:  It’s a nice combination of an experienced consultant’s general principles (including some useful graphics) and the reflections from hospital CEOs who have been through the process with their institutions.

Source: Frontiers of Health Services Management;27(4):entire issue, Summer 2011.  Posted by the AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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