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County Attorney OConnell Releases Hospital Merger Consultant Report

Wednesday December 28, 2011

Mike O’Connell, County Attorney, has released Dr. David Dranove’s evaluation of the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Systems, and Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare.

O’Connell retained Dr. Dranove, of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, in his legal efforts to gain release of merger documents from the University of Louisville and University of Louisville Hospital.

“My purpose in filing suit was to obtain information the public needs regarding a major change in our healthcare delivery system,” said O’Connell. “Dr. Dranove’s evaluation of those documents offers a valuable global perspective on current national trends in hospital mergers. In addition, it emphasizes the need to maintain the community safety net University Hospital has been if and when the hospital merger is approved.”

“The release of Dr. Dranove’s report completes my work on this project. In my role as the people’s attorney, I have achieved my goal: the release of documents pertaining to this transaction,” O’Connell concluded.

To read a copy of the report, click here.

To read Dr. David Dranove's qualitifications, click here.