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Beshear rejects proposed Ky. hospital merger

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has rejected a proposed merger of University Hospital in Louisville and two other hospital systems, saying it wouldn't be in the best interest of the state.

Beshear announced his decision on Friday.

Under the proposal, University Hospital would have joined Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. Talk of merging the public hospital 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 said he made his decision after exhaustive discussions and research that caused him to believe the risks to the public outweigh any potential benefits.

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