Two Midwest primary care hospitals are potential candidates for bond rating upgrades because they contract with managed care companies and affiliate with physician groups and other providers, Standard & Poor's Corp. said last week.

Although St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, Ohio, and Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., have stable outlooks, Standard & Poor's said in last week's issue of Credit Week Municipal that the "continuation of operational and financial performance at historical levels could bring their debt ratings into the AA category."

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