Reading Health System, and Surgical Institute of Reading, In the Matter of

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Docket No. 9353 In the Matter of Reading Health System, a corporation, and Surgical Institute of Reading, a limited partnership
FTC Matter/File Number:

121 0155

Docket Number:

9353

Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Part III Administrative Complaint

Case Summary

On 11/16/2012, the FTC issued an administrative complaint against Reading Health System’s proposed acquisition of Surgical Institute of Reading L.P., alleging that the combination of the two health care providers would substantially reduce competition in the area surrounding Reading, Pennsylvania, and lead to reduced quality and higher health care costs for the area’s employers and residents. The FTC, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Attorney General, also authorized staff to seek a preliminary injunction in federal district court or other relief necessary to stop the deal pending a full administrative trial. After the parties abandoned the transaction, on 12/7/2012, the FTC formally dismissed the administrative complaint.