Salem Statesman Journal 11/18/2012Page : A01
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The financial world is starting to see Salem Hospital as a riskierinvestment, because of the organization’s weak performance in thelast fiscal year, the slow regional economy and the lack of a signifi-cant capital investment since 2009.BothStandard&Poor’sandFitchRatings,thetwocompaniesthatrateSalemHospital’sinvestmentrisks,recentlyhavedowngradeditsbondratingfromA+toA.Theratingsaremeanttohelpinvestorsas-sess the likelihood that the entity would repay its debt.Initially, the rating change doesn’t worry CEO Norm Gruber orchieffinancialandstrategyofficerAaronCrane.Afterall,Astillisastrong rating. But their eyes are on the future, and it’s not lookinggood for the American nonprofit healthcare sector.Standard & Poor’s issued a report this year projecting that toughoperating conditions will hurt the sector’s credit quality and ratings
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