Baptist Health, Samford To Buy Digital Hospital

Birmingham, AL – Baptist Health System and Samford University have entered into negotiations to buy HealthSouth's hospital that's under construction on Highway 280 in Birmingham. The two sides are starting exclusive talks, so officials would not disclose possible terms or a timetable for the deal. The hospital has been controversial since the state Legislature passed a law exempting the project from regulatory review because it would be the country's first fully computerized hospital. Baptist and Samford announced in May that they were forming a joint Institute for Health Care Quality to enhance training, research and education for their health care professionals and students.