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Washington Hospital (Washington Township Health Care District), Fremont, CA
Rating:
A2
Outlook: Negative
Affected debt: $77 million
Agency: Moody’s Investors Service
Remarks: Revised from stable to negative because of broader market competition with large health systems in the San Francisco Bay area coupled with sizable capital expenditure plans for 2007.

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McKenna Memorial Hospital, New Braunfels, TX
Rating:
Baa2
Outlook: Stable
Affected debt: $36 million
Agency: Moody’s Investors Service
Remarks: Upgraded from Baa3 because of good liquidity coupled with strong market share in a good demographic area.

UP
Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland
Rating:
AA-
Outlook: Stable
Affected debt: $1.4 billion
Agency: Standard & Poor’s
Remarks: Multi-year track record of strong financial performance and many years of balance sheet improvement. Sustainable increase in profitability.

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Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City, MO
Rating:
BBB+
Outlook: Negative
Affected debt: $38.9 million
Agency: Standard & Poor’s
Remarks: Disappointing financial results in FY 2006 and into 2007, largely due to the dissolution of a joint venture imaging center between Capital Region and its competitor, St. Mary’s Health Center.

—Philip Betbeze

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