LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – There are some developments in the on-going saga with University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare negotiations. The organizations may end up in a faceoff with the governor and the attorney general.
UofL says its negotiations with Norton Healthcare over the operation of Kosair Children's Hospital broke down this week.
In a statement to WHAS11 late Friday afternoon, UofL says it asked for Norton to meet face-to-face with the governor and attorney general to hammer out a fair agreement but Norton rejected the offer.
"The consequences of Norton's actions run far deeper than pediatrics, threatening the very existence of all of UofL's educational and training programs at the Health Sciences Center"
The impasse began in 2013 when Norton announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky.
Norton released the following statement:
“Norton Healthcare and U of L have had a successful partnership going back more than 80 years – one that has served our region well – and we are fully committed to continuing this relationship."
“It’s unfortunate that our recent discussions have not lent themselves to the establishment of an updated and longer term affiliation agreement. In the meantime, our existing affiliation agreement and well over 130 individual contracts with U of L stands and continues to bind us together. The great care and great service Louisville’s children have always received continues to be offered every day at Kosair Children’s Hospital.”