WASHINGTON Jan 22 Hospital operator Community
Health Systems Inc has won approval to buy Health
Management Associates Inc on the condition that it sell
hospitals in Alabama and South Carolina, the U.S. Federal Trade
Commission said on Wednesday.
Community Health Systems, the second-largest for-profit
hospital operator in the United States, said in July that it
would buy Health Management, a smaller rival, to strengthen its
base of operations.
Both chains operate hospitals primarily in smaller cities
and rural areas. Health Management has a strong focus in the
U.S. Southeast, including Florida.