State AG Reviewing Catholic Hospital Expansion

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Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge (credit: CBS)

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) – The state attorney general’s office is reviewing plans by Denver’s third-largest hospital system to buy control of two area hospitals even though a court-appointed arbitrator rejected a similar deal in 2009.

The Catholic Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System is seeking control of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center and Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center. Community First Foundation would gain $280 million in the transfer.

Exempla was formed in 1998 by the Sisters of Charity and Community First Foundation. Sisters of Charity controls Denver’s Exempla St. Joseph Hospital as well as hospitals in other states.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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