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Ky. gov to decide hospital merger issue this week

December 29, 2011
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FRANKFORT, Ky.—Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to weigh in on a proposed merger of University Hospital in Louisville and two other hospital systems by the end of the week.

Beshear told reporters he is expecting a report on the proposed merger from Attorney General Jack Conway on Wednesday or Thursday and will base his decision on that information.

Under the merger, University Hospital would join Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. The proposed uniting with the religiously affiliated hospital systems has raised eyebrows in Louisville. Some critics have questioned how the merger would affect reproductive health care in the state's largest city.

Beshear has authority to approve or reject the proposed merger.

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