Beshear says UofL Hospital in good financial shape, can thrive without merger

01/09/2012 05:14 PM

On the day Gov. Steve Beshear rejected for the second time the University of Louisville’s attempt to merge its medical center with two private hospitals, the governor said he was confident the UofL Hospital can survive financially.

Beshear rejected UofL official’s second attempt to propose a way to join Catholic Health Initiatives, which operates St. Joseph’s Hospital network and Jewish Hospital.

Those two are moving forward with the merger without UofL.

Beshear, after the recommendation of Attorney General Jack Conway, rejected UofL merging with them on Dec. 30, saying he was uncomfortable with turning over control of an asset of the state.

UofL officials made an alternative proposal to Beshear and Conway on Thursday. But Beshear rejected that Monday saying it “will not satisfy our concerns about the merger proposal.”

“Attorney General Conway and I share University Hospital’s goals of continued quality health care, as well as solid financial standing, and we remain committed to working with the University to explore all appropriate paths forward for the hospital and for our Kentucky taxpayers,” Beshear said in his statement.

Earlier in the day, Beshear told reporters in Lexington that he was confident UofL Hospital would continue to thrive but would look for ways to help it navigate the changing health care landscape.

- Video produced by Greg Pursifull

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