|Univ. of Louisville Hospital|
The deal still needs approval at the federal and state levels, as well as from the Roman Catholic Church. The agreement would combine the three into a yet-to-be named, tax-exempt health system that would adhere to the tenets of the church, including restrictions on reproduction services for women and end-of-life planning. University of Louisville Hospital officials this week announced its staff would move some reproductive services after the merger to Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway continues his scrutiny of the deal, which his office called precedent-setting with nationwide impact. His office continues its review, concerned that the University of Louisville Hospital receives taxpayer support and lies on state-owned land. There's no timeframe from when Conway's office would complete its “lengthy” review, . . ."
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Life Site News reported in mid-August on a "potential showdown looms between Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Catholic leaders over a proposed merger of a local Catholic health system with a public hospital. Beshear says the new entity, which would be controlled by Catholic stakeholders, must have a “public mission” and so offer procedures such as sterilization and abortion.
The proposal would see a merger between Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by the Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, and the University of Louisville Hospital, along with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare. Catholic Health Initiatives would own 70 percent of the new company, appoint a majority of board members, and follow the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Service.”
Beshear met Wednesday with state officials and representatives of the three health care organizations planning the controversial merger. “We had a good meeting,” Beshear told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “We public officials have concerns about the public mission of U of L Hospital. … Overall, what we want to make sure of is the public mission of U of L Hospital remains the same.” . . . [Full Story]
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