Columbia/HCA’s Non-Profit Transition Not Necessarily Welcome News

The $1.2 billion sale of 22 Columbia/HCA hospitals to a consortium of non-profit entities last month brought on a wave of local uncertainty on what the new hospitals' status will be to the communities involved. Touted as being the largest purchase by non-profit healthcare organizations in the industry, this major shift is wreaking havoc at some hospitals and stirring optimism in others.