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Strategic M&A Shapes Healthcare Deal Activity in 2021

February 2022

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Hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions fell to their lowest point in over a decade in 2021, but there was no shortage of creative thinking across sectors as organizations sought to take advantage of strategic opportunities in a rapidly evolving environment.

Eight unique transactions—spanning a diverse array of organizations and structures—stand out.

Behavioral health joint venture in Michigan. H2C Securities Inc. (“H2C”) advised Bronson Healthcare on the development of a behavioral health joint venture with Acadia Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest operators of behavioral health facilities.

Growth opportunity for Illinois health system. H2C served as the financial advisor to Southern Illinois Healthcare Enterprises on its acquisition of Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, Ill., creating a stronger, four- hospital system serving a 16-county region.

Corporate acquisition of health data analytics company. H2C advised Advanced Plan for Health, a population health analytics and informatics provider, on its sale to Virgin Pulse, a Marlin Equity portfolio company. The acquisition will better position Virgin Pulse to deliver measurable health outcomes through predictive modeling at both the individual and group level.

Corporate carve-out of supply chain business. H2C advised Vizient on its acquisition of Intermountain Health’s supply chain business, Intalere. The move enhances Vizient’s position as a healthcare supply chain leader while enabling Vizient to meet the growing needs of its diverse membership and customer base.

Venture capital investment in health technology company. H2C served as the exclusive financial advisor to 83bar, a patient journey management platform, on an equity investment from HealthQuest Capital, a healthcare- focused venture growth fund, that will accelerate 83bar’s growth.

Financing of digital healthcare workforce platform. H2C advised—a post-acute staffing platform that contracts with healthcare providers to link them with workers, including home-based workers, on demand via a mobile app—on a $45 million fundraising round to expand the company’s geographic market growth. Lead investors were Panoramic Ventures with participation from Healthworx, the corporate development and innovation arm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Route 66 Ventures; and existing investors (Blue Heron, 3TS, and Motley Fool Ventures).

Divestiture of noncore assets. H2C served as the exclusive advisor to Centra Health on its divesture of four skilled nursing facilities to Cascade Capital and its continuing care retirement community to Lifespire. The divestitures improved profitability and resulted in improved balance sheet strength.

Strategic partnership. H2C served as the exclusive financial adviser to Vizient in its partnership with Aya Healthcare, which announced a definitive agreement to acquire Vizient’s contract labor management business unit and transition it to Vaya Workforce Solutions, a new subsidiary of Aya Healthcare

About H2C Securities Inc. ("H2C")

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