India's Fortis Healthcare buys 10 hospitals, bringing total to 38

Usually, we tend to focus on U.S. transactions here at FierceHealthcare, as it's a big ol' world out there and there's too much to tell. But these days, given the increasingly powerful U.S./India healthcare connection fostered by medical tourism, we thought this deal was too interesting to leave out of our coverage.

Yesterday, private Indian hospital chain Fortis Healthcare agreed to buy 10 facilities from Wockhardt Hospitals for about $187 million, part of the chain's larger expansion plans. With the acquisition, Fortis will own or operate 38 hospitals across India, which include 5,200 beds.

Fortis isn't just a rapidly growing chain, it's a profitable one, too. In July, the company reported that its net profit shot up by 700 percent for the first quarter of its fiscal year, ended June 30, 2009, and that revenue climbed 27 percent.

To learn more about the deal:
- read this piece from The New York Times