Kentucky's Baptist Hospital East to Take Over Tubal Ligations so University Hospital Can Abide by Catholic Directives

Baptist Hospital East in St. Matthews, Ky., will perform tubal ligations and other reproductive services that University Hospital in Louisville, Ky., will no longer be able to offer once it merges with Catholic health systems, according to a Courier Journal report.

Officials from University of Louisville announced the new arrangement today. The pending merger between UH, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare in Louisville and Lexington, Ky.-based St. Joseph Health System will create a statewide Catholic health system. The new entity will be controlled by Catholic Health Initiatives.

The merger, which was recently cleared by the Federal Trade Commission, still awaits approval from Gov. Steve Beshear and the Catholic Church. The arrangement for tubal ligations addresses one of the most delicate factors of the merger — how University Hospital can maintain its mission to public health while abiding by Catholic health directives.

University Hospital CEO James Taylor has said his organization will not compromise public health in the Catholic merger. "The women who want a tubal ligation will still have their doctor, and still have a facility," he said in the report. "So we compromised only a location, not a population."

Related Articles on the Proposed Merger in Kentucky:

Kentucky's University Hospital in Talks With Local Provider to Relocate Tubal Ligations in Wake of Catholic Merger
Advisor on Pending Kentucky Hospital Merger Costs University of Louisville $200K
Kentucky Governor: University Hospital Needs to Keep Public Mission in Catholic Merger

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