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Columbus hospital in talks with Tenn. firm; Earlier in talks with Piedmont

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St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Ga., says it has started “exclusive discussions” with a subsidiary of Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems, with an agreement of some sort between the two expected in the “near future,” the Ledger-Enquirer is reporting.

The talks could lead to a full or partial acquisition by Community Health Systems or an operating agreement, the paper reports

In January, the Columbus heart hospital said it was in discussions with Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare,…