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Kentucky Attorney General to Review CHI, University of Louisville Merger

The University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital's recent merger plans with Louisville, Ky.-based Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and Lexington, Ky.-based Saint Joseph Health System — both a part of Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives — will be subject to review from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, according to a Courier-Journal report.

Plans for the three health systems to merge were announced in June, but according to the report, Mr. Conway said he wants to make sure the deal still protects consumers and taxpayers in Kentucky.

CHI would own 70 percent of the new entity, and all participating systems said they would comply with CHI's policies, which prohibit abortions, tubal ligations, other sterilizations and additional reproductive procedures that go against the views of the Catholic Church, the report said. The University of Louisville, however, is a state-funded public teaching hospital and also a "safety net" for Louisville's poorer patients.

Officials at the University of Louisville School of Medicine said the merger would not alter physician training and other initiatives such as stem cell research, and they said only University Hospital is a part of the merger, not faculty physicians, the medical school or the university itself, the report said.

Read the Courier-Journal report on the Catholic Health Initiatives and University of Louisville merger.

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