Part III Administrative Complaint
On 11/18/2011, the FTC filed an administrative complaint challenging OSF Healthcare System’s proposed acquisition of Rockford Health System against both hospital systems,, charging that the acquisition would substantially reduce competition among hospitals and primary care physicians in Rockford, Illinois, and significantly harm local businesses and patients. The FTC’s staff filed a separate complaint in federal district court seeking an order to halt the transaction temporarily to preserve competition for Rockford area residents pending the FTC’s administrative proceeding and any subsequent appeals. On 4/5/2012, the U.S. District Court ruled granting the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction, pending a full administrative trial on the merits, in the case of OSF Healthcare System's proposed acquisition of Rockford Health System. On 4/13/2012, the FTC dismissed the complaint it issued last November seeking to block OSF Healthcare System's acquisition of rival health care provider Rockford Health System, in light of OSF Healthcare's decision to abandon the proposed transaction.