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Board of Health Recommends Oversight for Merged Hospitals

by Gabe Bullard on November 23, 2011

The Louisville Metro Board of Health wants to add a new layer of oversight in the pending hospital merger.

The board’s decision comes after studying the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives. The panel was inundated with questions about how reproductive health, end of life care and a number of other issues would be handled with a Catholic partner controlling a majority of the hospitals.

The board’s final report concludes that the merger could potentially create barriers to healthcare equity and access. At least one procedure—tubal ligations for women—will be moved to another facility outside of the merger. But rather than say whether the merger should or should not happen, the board says the partners should agree to be monitored to ensure they keep their promises to preserve care. (Read the board’s full report here.)

“There needs to be a mechanism that is thought out in a collaborative way, in a proactive way, that can monitor and provide assurance that any of the commitments made are carried out in the way that they’ve been spoken and also that there isn’t a change to health access in the community,” says Board of Health Vice-chair Gabriela Alcalde. [click to continue…]

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Board of Health Mulling Recommendations on Hospital Merger

by Gabe Bullard November 7, 2011

The Louisville Board of Health is continuing its deliberations on the pending hospital merger. The board held a public forum with officials from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives last month to clear up concerns that Catholic-led supervision would affect access and availability of care. Some procedures will be banned […]

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Board of Health, African American Think Tank Gathering Questions on Hospital Merger

by Gabe Bullard October 24, 2011

The pending merger between area healthcare providers has drawn a number of questions from the community, and two organizations are aiming to get answers. The Board of Health and the African American Think Tank each held public forums on the merger last week. University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives are set […]

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Critics Release Questions Ahead of Hospital Merger Forum

by Gabe Bullard October 17, 2011

The Louisville Metro Board of Health’s public forum with the partners of a pending hospital merger is Wednesday, and the panelists already have plenty of questions to answer. The merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives has raised a number of questions since it was announced. The merged entity will […]

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Board of Health to Hold Hospital Merger Forum, Release Statement

by Gabe Bullard October 10, 2011

Representatives for the partners in a pending hospital merger will discuss public concerns over the consolidation at a forum later this month. University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives are set to combine into a statewide network. The new entity would have to follow Catholic care directives. That has raised questions over […]

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