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Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represent Atlantic Health in Acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital

Posted on April 27th, 2011

April 27, 2011

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Represent Atlantic Health in Acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital

Bridgewater, NJ (April 27, 2011) – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., led by J. Anthony Manger, represented Morristown-based Atlantic Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in New Jersey, in acquisition of Newton Memorial Hospital in Sussex County. Reed Smith LLP represented Newton and its affiliates in the transaction.

“Since hospitals today typically involve multiple corporations, a hospital merger is really more than a single transaction. In this instance, for example, Newton Memorial’s parent corporation, North Jersey Health Care Corporation, was merged into Atlantic Health System, Inc., the parent corporation in the Atlantic system. Then, virtually simultaneously, Newton Memorial was merged into AHS Hospital Corp., Atlantic’s hospital operating subsidiary,” explained Manger, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Health Care Law Group.

In addition to representing Atlantic Health in negotiating and implementing the transaction, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. also provided assistance in several necessary regulatory approvals, including the issuance of a Certificate of Need by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, approval of the transaction by the Attorney General of New Jersey and the New Jersey Superior Court pursuant to the Community Health Care Assets Protection Act (“CHAPA”), and approval of the merger under the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. In addition to Manger, who had general responsibility over representation, James Laskey, a Member of the firm, handled federal antitrust aspects of the transaction.

As head of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Health Care Law Group, Manger has handled some of the largest and most significant health care mergers and acquisitions in New Jersey. He has assisted health care institutions in the formation of “captive” entities for the provision of liability insurance and health insurance for affiliated physicians and employees. He organized the State’s largest medical malpractice insurer and, for many years, served as counsel to a national association of malpractice insurers. In addition, he has represented various parties in numerous health care capital finance transactions and has vast experience in health care regulatory, corporate and contract matters, patient care and other health care issues.

Manger has been recognized in the Health Care Law section of The Best Lawyers In America since 1993. He frequently speaks and writes on a variety of health care topics, and appeared on News 12 New Jersey to discuss New Jersey’s medical malpractice crisis. He is a member of the American Bar, American Health Lawyers, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a past Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Malpractice Insurance Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a current Co-Chair of the Meritas Health Law Section Group.

Manger earned his J.D. from Columbia University in 1972 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1969.

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