Money Talk

Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media , August 18, 2010
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Who's up and who's down

 
Down
Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Murray, KY
Rating: Baa2
Outlook: Negative
Affected debt: $15 million
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Moody?s has assigned a Baa2 rating.
The outlook is revised to negative from stable due to
a downturn in the six-month fiscal year 2010 operating performance and increased bad debt and charity care, an increase in debt load, and pro forma liquidity below historical levels. A rating downgrade is precluded due to the recent opening of updated facilities, the hiring of new physicians, and an expanded marketing campaign.

Up
Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Obligated Group, Winter Park, FL
Rating: Aa3 and Aa3/VMIG1
Outlook: Positive
Affected debt: $3.2 billion
Agency: Moody's Investors Service
Remarks: Moody's has upgraded to Aa3 and Aa3/VMIG1 from A1 and A1/VMIG1. The outlook is revised to stable from positive at the higher rating level. The upgrade reflects the consistent and favorable financial performance over the past decade,
resulting in above-average margins.

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