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Mercy arranging tours for potential bidders in its bankruptcy sale


Mercy Iowa City is shown Aug. 7 in Iowa City. in Iowa City,. The hospital, now in bankruptcy, has arranged tours of its health care facilities next week for potential bidders interested in competing for its assets against the University of Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Mercy Iowa City is shown Aug. 7 in Iowa City. in Iowa City. The hospital, now in bankruptcy, has arranged tours of its health care facilities next week for potential bidders interested in competing for its assets against the University of Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Mercy Iowa City has arranged tours of its health care facilities next week for potential bidders interested in competing for its assets against the University of Iowa — which last month made an initial “stalking horse” bid of $20 million to buy the 150-year-old community hospital.

During a hearing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court — following Mercy’s Aug. 7 filing for Chapter 11 protection — attorney Felicia Perlman, representing Mercy through her Chicago firm, McDermott Will & Emery, said, “We do have several parties who have signed (nondisclosure agreements) and are active in the data room, and we are providing diligence to and these tours for.”

“We’ll know more whether they are likely to be real bidders or whether they lose interest,” Perlman told Judge Thad Collins in response to his request for a status update.

She reported active recruitment and outreach to any individuals or entities that have expressed interest.

“We

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