If the pending sale of two large nonprofit health care systems to for-profit entities proves a trend, it could be good news for bondholders of low-rated hospital debt, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report out this week.

The announcements in March that two major for-profit entities — Tennessee’s Vanguard Health Systems Inc. and private-equity group Cerberus Capital Management LP — want to buy the struggling Detroit Medical Center and Boston’s Caritas Christi Health Care, respectively, could signal a future wave of acquisitions, Moody’s said.

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