For months, the University of Louisville has been in merger talks with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives. Mergers involving Catholic institutions often raise concerns about reproductive health issues, since the religion is opposed to many procedures that could affect birth control. U of L will maintain medical facilities that are […]
The University of Louisville is in talks to create a statewide medical network with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives. Groups such as Planned Parenthood have protested similar mergers between secular and religious institutions, saying Catholic doctrines can threaten contraceptive counseling, vasectomies, in vitro fertilization or other reproductive issues.
Negotiations on a merger with Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives began in March. The U of L Board of Trustees Thursday moved the talks forward by authorizing a letter of intent. The letter paves the way for the creation of a new healthcare system comprised of all three entities.