University Hospital to search for new partner following merger rejection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - University Hospital in Louisville will start searching for a new partner six weeks after Gov. Steve Beshear rejected a proposed merger with a Catholic health care system.

The University of Louisville trustees voted Thursday to give the university and University Medical Center Inc., the hospital's operator, permission to issue a request for proposals aimed at attracting interest from other health care entities that could stabilize the finances of the area's main safety-net hospital.

U of L executive vice president for health affairs, Dr. David Dunn, told The Courier-Journal the request will be issued in the "near future" ( ).

University Hospital had hoped to merge with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and St. Joseph Health System.

Jewish & St. Mary's and St. Joseph announced they were merging without University Hospital.

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