Medical Center Hospital Authority to buy Hughston Hospital

The Medical Center Hospital Authority has agreed to buy Hughston Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center from HCA Inc.

No formal acquisition agreement has been signed by either party, but the deal is expected to close by early summer. Officials declined to discuss the sale price due to confidentiality agreements.

"The acquisition of Hughston Orthopedic Hospital is another example of our commitment to ensure the delivery of quality health care to our community and the region," said Larry Sanders, chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus Regional Healthcare System. "The hospital will strongly complement Columbus Regional's suite of well-rounded and highly respected services."

Once the deal closes, Columbus Regional will manage Hughston Hospital as it does Doctors Hospital, which the hospital authority bought from national health care company HCA in February for $89.5 million.

Hughston Hospital will remain an orthopedic and rehabilitation facility. It will become a community-based, not-for-profit hospital once the deal closes.

Read more of this story in Friday's Ledger-Enquirer.