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UMMS to finalize acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center

Signs to be erected at new entity Saturday

By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

6:25 AM EST, November 30, 2012

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The University of Maryland Medical System expects to complete its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center Friday nearly a year after the Towson hospital sought a buyer as it looked to bounce back from the fallout of accusations that one of its doctors performing unnecessary cardiac procedures.

Signs will be erected Saturday at the new entity, to be called The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

The 2,000-employee hospital suffered revenue, patient and staff losses after its star cardiologist, Dr. Mark Midei, was accused of placing stents in the arteries of hundreds of patients who may not have needed them. Midei has denied any wrongdoing, saying doctors across the country have recommended stents in similar circumstances.

The two hospitals first announced plans to merge in March.

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