Norton Hospital files lawsuit; says U of L can't evict them

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by WHAS11, C.J. Daniels

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 5:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Nearly two weeks after an announcement about a possible partnership between Kosair Children’s Hospital and University of Kentucky Healthcare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, a lawsuit has been filed against the University of Louisville by Norton Hospital.

In a response sent Friday, U of L calls the lawsuit “unfortunate” and says Norton CEO Stephen Williams will neither meet nor negotiate while the lawsuit is pending.

Norton Hospital claims the University of Louisville has no ground in evicting them from their own hospital. U of L owns the land which houses Norton Hospital.

The University of Louisville says that by having that partnership with UK, it would cut into its revenues and its teaching mission at Kosair.

The pending partnership with both Louisville and Lexington’s children’s hospitals says it would have a more comprehensive children’s hospital network with broader programs and services.

Officials with both hospitals have claimed they will maintain separate staffs and bylaws as well as rules and regulations.

Norton says they will continue to meet their obligations to U of L but in the rapidly changing world of healthcare, Kentucky’s two children’s hospitals need to find ways to further work together.
 

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