Mercy Hospital: Potential buyer wasn’t misled (Portland Press Herald)

December 12, 2012 – Executives of Mercy Health System of Maine deny that they misled the Massachusetts company that negotiated to buy the hospital group in Greater Portland before the talks ended abruptly on Friday. Mercy officials responded Tuesday to a report in The Boston Globe that said Steward Health Care System “unilaterally withdrew” from talks because the Catholic nonprofit organization misrepresented the condition of its finances and operations. It’s unclear how the Globe’s report will affect Mercy’s new effort to merge with nonprofit Eastern Maine Health Systems of Brewer, which was announced late Friday, soon after Mercy and Steward issued a brief statement that their negotiations had ended.

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