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Hospital Mergers Are Out. ‘Strategic Alliances’ Are In. Is Obamacare Responsible?
California Healthline

Lloyd Dean’s hospitals treat more than 5 million Californians per year. And he has a vision for how they’ll get their care in the future — whether at work, on vacation, or in another state altogether.

“Wherever you go in this country, you have Dignity with you,” Dean, the CEO of Dignity Health, said in an interview last year.

Historically, Dean’s comment might have signaled that Dignity, a California-based system of about 40 hospitals, was going to follow the approach of HCA or Ascension — two hospital organizations that grew from regional to national health systems through a series of mergers and acquisitions.