A Tale of Two Cities: How Planned Hospital Consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago Epitomize U.S. Healthcare Ecosystems in Flux

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

December’s news about planned hospital consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago is a reminder of how local healthcare ecosystems are changing in different ways and at different paces. In Atlanta, the year’s steady drumbeat of hospital consolidation news culminated in WellStar Health System’s announced acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s five regional hospitals. At the same time, healthcare players in Chicago were reeling from the news that the FTC plans to block the merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, which would have formed one of the nation’s largest hospital systems.  

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