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Community Health's Hostile Takeover Attempt Shatters Holiday Calm
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

If you were out Christmas shopping the week before the big day, you might've easily missed the latest salvo in a fight that doesn't come to healthcare too often. Of course I'm referring to the increasingly hostile attempt by Community Health Systems, to take over Tenet Healthcare.
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  December 30, 2010

 
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