Maple Grove Hospital Faces Credit Rating Cut

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ST. PAUL (AP) – Maple Grove Hospital had its credit rating downgraded by a major rating agency on Wednesday, less than a year after opening.

Moody’s Investors Service cut the new hospital’s rating one notch, with a negative outlook, because of problems at North Memorial Health Care, which owns three-quarters of the hospital as a joint venture with Fairview Health System.

New York-based Moody’s also downgraded North Memorial’s rating because of a declining financial performance and the ouster of the former CEO, David Cress, after a prostitution arrest.

The rating agency says it’s uncertain that Robbinsdale-based North Memorial will post a profit or break even in the coming fiscal year.

Maple Grove Hospital opened last December, the first new hospital in the Twin Cities in a decade.

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