Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy 6 Catholic hospitals scrutinized

According to LA Times, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is jumping into a heated battle over the purchase of six struggling nonprofit Catholic medical centers in California by the fast-growing Ontario hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

The sale of the nonprofit Daughters of Charity Health System, which includes St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County, to profit-making Prime requires Harris’ approval.

Prime Healthcare's deal to buy hospital chain is scrutinized

Supporters and opponents are gearing up to promote their views at a series of public hearings that begin Monday in Lynwood and run through Friday.

Prime’s offer has the support of Daughters of Charity and the California Nurses Assn., a union that represents 1,800 Daughters of Charity nurses.

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