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Public Documents Related to the Transaction

Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County Docket No. SJ2011-0410 Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. v. Martha Coakley as she is the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Memorandum and Judgment dated September 27, 2011 (PDF) pdf format of Morton-Memorandum-Judgement-092711.pdf


The Attorney General's Office issued the " Attorney General's Statement as to the Morton Hospital and Medical Center Transaction pdf format of Morton-AG-Statement.pdf
" on September 7, 2011.

  • Amendment No. 1 pdf format of Amendment-1-to-APA.pdf
to Asset Purchase Agreement dated September 6, 2011 (PDF) as referenced in the Statement of the Attorney General as to the Morton Hospital Transaction.


Complaint pursuant to G.L. c. 180, s. 8A(d) filed with the Supreme Judicial Court on September 21, 2011.

Assent and Answer of the Attorney General files with the Supreme Judicial Court on September 21, 2011.


Pursuant to the requirements of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 180, Section 8(A)(d), on May 26, 2011, Morton Hospital and Medical Center ("Morton") filed formal notice of a proposed sale of hospital to Steward Health Care System LLC. This filing commenced the Attorney General's formal review of the transaction which evaluated:

  1. Applicable non-profit and charities law;
  2. Procedural due care;
  3. Management of conflict of interests;
  4. Fair and reasonable compensation; and
  5. The public interest.

The formal notice, which includes a description of the transaction and a copy of the Asset Purchase Agreement, is available for public review. In addition, public documents related to the transaction may be inspected at the Attorney General's Office in Boston.


Public Comment

The Attorney General's Office together with the Department of Public Health, who, though the Public Health Council unanimously approved this transaction at its September 14, 2011 Council Meeting, held a public hearing on June 30, 2011at the Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School (500 Norton Ave Taunton, MA 02780).