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Federal Appeals Court rules ProMedica must give up St. Luke’s Hospital

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A federal appeals court rules that ProMedica must give up St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee.

The circuit court judges are siding with the Federal Trade Commission which says the merger is illegal and anti-competitive.

ProMedica plans to appeal.

The health system took control of St. Luke's nearly four years ago merging two of Lucas County's four hospital systems. 

Tuesday the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision in support of the FTC’s 2012 order that ProMedica must divest St. Luke’s, saying to allow ProMedica to keep the facility would lessen competition in Lucas County and drive up prices for general acute inpatient hospital services and inpatient obstetric services.

Judge Kethledge calls ProMedica, “by far the county’s dominant hospital provider.”  St. Luke’s had been an independent community hospital.

Tuesday’s appeal court ruling states that the 2010 merger left ProMedica with a market share above 50% in one market --- so-called primary and secondary services, such as hernia surgeries, hip replacements, and radiology services.  The decision also states the merger left ProMedica with a market share above 80% for obstetrical services.

Meanwhile, ProMedica has no plans to give up St. Luke’s.

Tedra White, spokesperson for ProMedica, released a statement to 13abc saying, “We are extremely disappointed by today’s decision and intend to appeal. We are committed to exhausting all of our legal options.   As we continue this legal journey, we would like to emphasize that St. Luke’s Hospital remains a member of ProMedica, continues to serve patients, and all health plans currently accepted at St. Luke’s will continue to be accepted.”

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