Fischer Reacts to Hospital Merger Rejection

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement in reaction to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s decision to reject the merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. From the mayor’s office: “Now that this critical decision has been made, we need to understand how the affected hospitals will operate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advocacy Groups and Individuals Rally Against Hospital Merger

Civic advocacy groups and individuals met Monday to discuss what actions they can take against the proposed hospital merger between University Medical Center, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression organized a discussion at City Hall around the controversial merger that has been […]

Conway Declares University Medical Center Public

Attorney General Jack Conway has ruled that University Medical Center is a public institution. In a ruling Thursday, Conway rejected arguments from University of Louisville officials. They said UMC’s U of L Hospital was private, despite receiving government support and being a branch of a public university. The ruling was a response to an appeal […]

Baptist Hospital East to Handle Tubal Ligations After Merger

The hospital merger that is meant to enhance care across Kentucky will result in some procedures being moved to facilities outside of the merger. The University of Louisville has expanded its decade-old partnership with Baptist Hospital East to relocate procedures that will eventually be banned at U of L Hospital. The hospital is merging with Jewish […]

Lawmaker Has More Questions About Hospital Merger

The principals of three merging healthcare systems in Kentucky can expect more questions from state lawmakers. Last week, representatives from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives addressed the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare. They fielded questions about how reproductive and end-of-life services would be protected after the entities merge […]

Norton to Offer Expanded Services for Women and Children at Renovated Suburban Hospital

As questions arise over the future of reproductive health services in Louisville, Norton Healthcare announced today it will reconfigure Norton Suburban Hospital into a facility for women and children. “We see it as our responsibility to provide specialized care in areas such as cardiac care, orthopedic care, breast health, oncology, prevention and wellness, and this […]

Archbishop Discusses Hospital Merger

The concerns that the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives has put the future of certain services in question. Doctors in the merged University Hospital will have to follow Catholic directives, meaning many reproductive health services (contraception counseling, vasectomies, tubal ligations, emergency and elective abortions) will not be […]

Conway Says State Must Approve Hospital Merger, Ramsey to Address Lawmakers

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Steve Beshear are attempting to assert their role in a pending hospital merger. Questions have been growing around the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives. The merged hospitals will have to follow Catholic health directives. That means University Hospital would have […]