University Medical Center to Conduct Operations Review

University Medical Center in Louisville is conducting a self-review in the wake of a failed merger attempt. UMC is made up of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The organization recently tried to merge with Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives, but Governor Steve Beshear blocked the deal. Now, […]

Beshear Rejects Alternative Merger Plan, U of L Hospital Responds

University of Louisville Hospital officials say Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to reject the proposed merger with two other health care entities will likely lead to cuts to indigent care. Beshear met with U of L merger officials last week after rejecting a three-way merger with Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. Last week […]

Beshear Turns Down Revised Hospital Merger Proposal

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has again rejected a proposed merger involving University of Louisville Hospital with Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. Last month, the governor found business consolidation would result in the loss of a public asset and blocked the deal. The merger would’ve put University Hospital under a contract inspired by […]

Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System to Merge With Catholic Health Initiatives Without U of L

Officials for Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System say they’ll merge with Catholic Health Initiatives without University of Louisville Hospital. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear rejected the merger between the three healthcare systems late last week after Attorney General Jack Conway—who previously ruled University Hospital is a public entity—said a merger with CHI may lead to loss of […]

Hospital Merger Critics Declare Victory

Governor Steve Beshear has blocked the proposed merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The news was a blow to the hospitals, which saw the merger as a solution to their various financial problems. But a grassroots group that took issue with the merger is celebrating. Organizer Honi […]

Conway Explains Hospital Merger Recommendation

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has released a statement explaining his recommendation to Governor Steve Beshear against the controversial Louisville hospital merger. From the attorney general’s office: “My staff and I conducted a thorough and comprehensive review of the proposed hospital merger. This presented an unprecedented combination of entities and a myriad of legal and […]

Beshear Rejects Hospital Merger

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has rejected the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The deal would’ve put University Hospital under a contract inspired by Catholic doctrine, though the institution would remain secular. It blocked certain reproductive health procedures and would change employee benefits, beginning 2013. Critics […]

Fischer Discusses Hospital Merger, Occupy and Insight Deal

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appeared on CN2 Pure Politics to discuss a variety of issues, including the pending hospital merger, permits for Occupy Louisville protestors and the city’s contract negotiations with Insight Communications. In regards to the ongoing talks with the cable company provider, the mayor said Metro Government wants a fair deal on a […]

Beshear Will Make Decision on Hospital Merger, Move Aggressively on Gaming Amendment

Facing a challenging budget for the upcoming General Assembly, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is promising to lobby state lawmakers aggressively for a constitutional amendment on expanding gaming. A recent poll showed 87 percent of voters want the issue to be on the November 2012 ballot. The survey also found 64 percent of Kentuckians would favor […]

Hospitals Answer Board of Health Questions

Click here for all of our reporting on this issue.  Officials with University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives have answered some lingering questions about the hospitals’ pending merger. The Board of Health collected the questions before, during and after an October public forum on the merger. You can read the responses here. […]