Board of Health Responds to Hospital Partnership Announcement
Friday November 16, 2012
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has issued the following statement regarding the partnership between U of L Hospital and KentuckyOne Health that was announced yesterday.
“The Board of Health has not yet had an opportunity to review the details of the announced partnership between U of L and KentuckyOne Health but will do so and issue further statements if necessary.
The perspective of the Board of Health has always been to make sure the community was aware of the important change in the health care delivery system, ensure access to important services, ensure that health equity issues are considered and addressed, and to provide the community with a forum to ask questions and make sure the community’s voice is heard.
From statements and press reports issued to date, it appears that the announced partnership has addressed many of the issues raised by the community and others with regard to safety net and access to key services, including reproductive health services. We commend the University and the partnership participants for taking seriously the concerns expressed by the community and addressing these perspectives in the design of the partnership.
We also commend the partnership entities for updating responses to questions posed by the community and compiled by the Board of Health. These can be viewed at http://www.university-hospital.org/about-the-hospital/about-the-partnership/boh-questions/.
Dr. David Dunn indicated to the Courier Journal a possible plan to hold one or more community forums to explain in more detail how the partnership will work in practice. The Board of Health urges the partners to hold such forums to educate the community and to give community members a chance to ask questions about the new partnership that might not be clearly answered by the legal documents and the statements issued to date. The Board is happy to work with the partnership entities to facilitate such community conversations.”
The Louisville Metro Board of Health acts as an independent voice to promote and protect equitable physical, mental, and environmental health in the Louisville community through advocacy, education, regulation, and collaboration with public and private entities. Learn more about the Board of Health at www.louisvilleky.gov/health.