Irving Levin & Associates has released 2014 statistics on the number of private equity acquisitions in the health care sector. It reports 144 deals in 2014, with 95 of them involving health services and another 49 in health technology. On the health services side, long term care saw the most activity, with 38 deals involving $4.14 billion. There were 4 hospital deals valued at $545 million.
Source: Where private equity spent its healthcare dollars in 2014. Health Care Deal News [Irving Levin & Associates], Feb. 23, 2015. http://www.levinassociates.com/healthcare/health-care-deal-news-150223
Related source [update]: Williams KB. Ventas to acquire Ardent Medical Services for $1.75B. Healthcaredive.com, Apr. 6, 2015. http://www.healthcaredive.com/news/ventas-to-acquire-ardent-medical-services-for-175b/383273/
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