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Beshear speaks out against proposed hospital merger

A plan to merge several Kentucky Hospitals and the University of Louisville was axed last Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear after concerns were raised with regard to several key political issues. Earlier this year, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare/Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, along with Catholic Health Initiatives and its Kentucky-based operation, Saint Joseph Health System, the University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville had all agreed to merge into a statewide health services organization.

Beshear voiced his opposition in a statement last Friday, citing concerns about the implications of a religious presence in a publicly-owned institution--specifically, how it might impact reproductive care.

He also pointed to concerns over the cost should the merger dissolve, which could be leveled at taxpayers, and the decreasing influence U of L and the public at large would have should the merger take place.

Filed under: Kentucky | Politics | Health care | Around the region


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