LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- KentuckyOne Health announced Friday, May 12, the next evolution of its approach to care. KentuckyOne Health will be focusing its operations on a smaller footprint centered in central and eastern Kentucky.

The organization says this will put them in a better positioned to continue focusing on quality patient care, continue to invest in opportunities for growth and improve the overall health and wellness of individuals across Kentucky.

Facilities of the new structure of KentuckyOne Health will include Our Lady of Peace, Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea, as well as KentuckyOne Health Partners Clinically Integrated Network and KentuckyOne Health Medical Group provider practices in central and eastern Kentucky and Bardstown.

“Since the creation of KentuckyOne Health in 2012, and through our dedicated employees and physicians, KentuckyOne Health has achieved many accomplishments. We have helped break down barriers to care in our communities; introduced new and advanced models of care; supported growth and opportunities for our employees and physicians, and helped make our communities stronger,” said Ruth W. Brinkley, president, and CEO of KentuckyOne Health. “We have also acknowledged the significant challenges to our integrated vision and our long-term success. The great change and great uncertainty in the health care industry has strained our financial health. Market forces have evolved to the point that change is needed to allow ongoing support for health and wellness in Kentucky.”

Part of the evolution of KentuckyOne Health, ownership and operation of select facilities, predominantly in Louisville, will be moving to a different organization. Work is being conducted to recognize future owners who will be better equipped to continue the commitment to quality care, employee engagement, and community support. KentuckyOne Health will continue to deliver care and support services at all facilities and provider practices throughout this transition.

Facilities in this transition include Jewish Hospital, Frazier Rehab Institute, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Medical Centers Jewish East, South, Southwest and Northeast, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Saint Joseph Martin and KentuckyOne Health Medical Group provider practices in Louisville and Martin. KentuckyOne Health will continue to operate and remains committed to these facilities and services until the time of transition.

“This decision has been made with great care and consideration. New owners and operators of the facilities outside of our central and eastern community focus will have the resources and ability to continue to deliver care, support employees and physicians and engage the community,” added Brinkley. “We understand this will bring change and questions to our employees and community partners. We have an extensive transition program underway to ease the change and ensure focus on our priories to our patients and our partners.”

Mayor Greg Fischer released this statement:

"The healthcare business is constantly evolving, and today's announcement raises many questions that cannot yet be answered. My administration will support KentuckyOne's dedicated team through this transition, as they continue working to ensure high-quality patient access and care throughout the Louisville community."