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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by Community Health Systems to sell Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and its associated assets in Hartsville, South Carolina to Capella Healthcare, Inc. CHS was required to divest Carolina Pines by the FTC’s April 2014 final order settling charges that CHS’s acquisition of rival health system Health Management Associates, Inc. would likely be anticompetitive.

CHS is a Tennessee-based for-profit company, operating hospitals nationwide. In addition to the South Carolina assets, the order also requires CHS to sell Riverview Regional Medical Center and its associated assets in Alabama.

The Commission vote to approve Community Health Systems’ divestiture of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and its associated assets to Capella Healthcare, Inc. was 5-0. (FTC File No. 131 0202, Docket No. C-4427; the staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2526)

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Betsy Lordan
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