NME close to 2 hospital dealsThree months...


NME close to 2 hospital deals

Three months after settling criminal fraud charges for $380 million, National Medical Enterprises reportedly is close to two takeovers that would make it the nation's No. 2 hospital chain.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that NME is close to acquiring HealthTrust Inc., of Nashville, Tenn., and Dallas' American Medical Holdings Inc.

The combined company would have $10 billion in annual revenues, 207 hospitals and 33,937 beds in the U.S. and six other countries.

Only Columbia-HCA Healthcare Corp. would have greater revenue.

Diana Takvam, an National Medical spokeswoman, said the company would not announce any mergers or takeovers until the deals are complete.

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