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Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC Advises on the Sale of Saint Clare's Health System in Denville, New Jersey to Prime Healthcare Services
posted on March 24, 2016

NEW YORK — Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC (“H2C”), a healthcare-focused investment banking firm, served as exclusive advisor to Saint Clare’s Health System (“Saint Clare’s”), previously sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives (“CHI”), in its sale to Prime Healthcare Services (“Prime”), a national for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Ontario, California.  Saint Clare’s, located in Denville, NJ, operates two acute care hospitals and 1 behavioral health hospital with a total of 478 beds, as well as other facilities in Morris and Sussex counties.


Despite northern New Jersey’s favorable demographics, Saint Clare’s had been challenged by a number of formidable competitors in the market, which led to a significant decline in volume and operating performance.  With almost no additional facilities in the region and limited opportunity to improve Saint Clare’s financial performance, CHI made the decision to find a partner willing to provide the capital commitment that would allow for the continuation of high quality care in the community while also expanding service lines.


Through a carefully managed sales process, H2C obtained several competitive bids with fully negotiated asset purchase agreements prior to the selection of Prime as the acquirer.  H2C highlighted Saint Clare’s essential position in northern New Jersey with over 60,000 emergency department visits and more than 118,000 outpatient visits, making the system an integral and life-saving community asset.  Additionally, the process focused on aligning Saint Clare’s with a high quality and financially strong partner to preserve Saint Clare’s mission, and to ensure and enhance the quality of care to the community.  “The H2C team structured an effective competitive bidding process that provided the best possible opportunities for us,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, President and CEO of Saint Clare’s at the time of the sale.  “H2C provided strong leadership and guidance, and effectively managed an arduous and complicated process to help us achieve a very successful result.”


“As a result of H2C’s expertise in sell side transactions, H2C maximized the purchase price, secured $30 million in capital improvements at Saint Clare’s facilities over the next five years, and maintained charity care at or above current levels at the hospitals.  In addition, Prime agreed to preserve Saint Clare’s Catholic identity and adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for healthcare services at Saint Clare’s,” stated Michael Hammond, Principal at Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC.  Email Michael 


Saint Clare’s Health System is an award-winning provider of safe, high quality, compassionate care, serving the communities of Morris and Sussex counties for more than 125 years.


The system comprises four campus locations which include acute care hospitals in Denville and Dover, a behavioral health hospital in Boonton, an emergency care center in Sussex, a satellite imaging facility in Parsippany, and a behavioral health center in Denville.

Saint Clare’s Health System offers a full range of comprehensive medical services, such as cancer care, cardiovascular care, emergency medicine, women’s health, maternal/child care, pediatrics, and behavioral health care.


Our multidisciplinary team of experts is committed to providing advanced care in a patient-centered environment that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual and their family.


Saint Clare’s Health System is a member of Prime Healthcare Services, a California-based hospital management company and one of the nation's leading healthcare service providers.



Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC (“H2C”) is an independent strategic advisory and investment banking firm committed to providing superior advice as a trusted advisor to healthcare organizations throughout the United States.  H2C’s professionals have a long track record of success in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate and restructuring transactions, acting as lead advisors on hundreds of transactions representing billions of dollars in value.  Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC offers securities through its wholly-owned subsidiary H2C Securities Inc., member FINRA/SIPC.  For more information, go to



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"H2C provided strong leadership and guidance, and effectively managed an arduous and complicated process to help us achieve a very successful result.” 

     - Leslie D. Hirsch
       Former President & CEO
       Saint Clare's  


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