Oct 5 (Reuters) - Ventas Inc
* To provide secured debt financing of $700 million to unit of Ardent Health Services in connection with Ardent's agreement to buy LHP Hospital Group
* Ventas issues secured debt financing commitment for ardent health services to merge with LHP Hospital Group, Inc.
* Ventas expects loan to be accretive to 2017 normalized funds from operations on a leverage neutral basis
* Expects to fund transaction using proceeds of asset sales and loan repayments, cash on hand and other capital sources Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: