The Chatter: Hospitals merge leaving UofL out

01/06/2012 01:44 PM

Officials for Jewish Hospital announced Friday morning they are moving ahead with a merger with Catholic Health Initiatives, and without the University of Louisville.

Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System, which is a private entity, has struggled the past couple years, making 155 job cuts last August and losing two top executives amid merger negotiations, (As reported by WFPL.)

But, as Pure Politics first reported on Thursday the University of Louisville part of the deal (might not be completely dead.)

Beshear said hospital officials on Thursday suggested several potential concepts to keep the deal alive.

“They talked about some possibilities that might allow the merger talks to get restarted,” Beshear said. He didn’t elaborate on what those possibilities were.
He said he has given university “three or four days” to look at some of the ideas university officials have suggested.

But it remains unclear will Friday’s development with the other two hospitals will mean for UofL.

UofL spokesperson, David McArthur issued this statement on the decision of the two hospitals to merge:

“We are obviously disappointed that University Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center, despite having received federal regulatory and church approvals, was not authorized by the Governor to participate in this merger.

We are working with the Governor’s office to try to mitigate the concerns that caused him to withhold his approval. We are hopeful that the partners of KentuckyOne Health will keep the door open for University Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center should the Governor offer his approval early next week.

Yesterday we met with the Governor to emphasize that University Hospital’s ability to continue to provide excellent patient care – including care for the most vulnerable – and first rate medical education to the next generation of physicians is at risk.

Without the ability to participate in this merger or an infusion of significant and ongoing funding from the state, we will be unable to continue to provide the same level of service or training.

We look forward to the Governor’s response early next week to the potential solutions we discussed yesterday in Frankfort.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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