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University Medical Center to Conduct Operations Review

by Gabe Bullard on February 2, 2012

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, UMC’s board has formed a committee to look at questions over the organization’s financial viability, management and operations that arose during merger talks.

“Those are very valid questions and we think they deserve the very best answers we can get,” says UMC Chairman Bob Rounsavall, who will lead the committee.

The committee’s review will be given to a consultant. Rounsavall says the consultant will make recommendations for UMC’s future, and that could include a suggestion that the organization should find another partner to merge with.

“UMC needs to continue to try to do what it does best and look at its future in terms of how its future can best be taken care of,” says Rounsavall.

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Beshear Rejects Alternative Merger Plan, U of L Hospital Responds

by Devin Katayama January 9, 2012

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 […]

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Beshear Turns Down Revised Hospital Merger Proposal

by admin January 9, 2012

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 […]

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

by Devin Katayama January 6, 2012

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 […]

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Hospital Merger Critics Declare Victory

by Erica Peterson December 30, 2011

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 […]

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Conway Explains Hospital Merger Recommendation

by admin December 30, 2011

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 […]

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Beshear Rejects Hospital Merger

by Gabe Bullard December 30, 2011

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 […]

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Fischer Discusses Hospital Merger, Occupy and Insight Deal

by admin December 29, 2011

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 […]

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

by admin December 28, 2011

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 […]

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Hospitals Answer Board of Health Questions

by Gabe Bullard December 20, 2011

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. […]

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