Judge rules hospital is public

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jefferson County judge has ruled that University of Louisville Hospital must comply with Kentucky's open-records law.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/UXmB0d ) reported that Senior Circuit Judge Martin McDonald said in a ruling Wednesday that the hospital is a public entity and its board appointed or approved by the university, a public agency.

The hospital had argued it is a private corporation because it is controlled by a board.

The ruling was a victory for the newspaper, WHAS-TV and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

Attorney Jon Fleischaker, who represented both news organizations, said the ruling will allow the public access to information about the hospital after its partnership announced last week with KentuckyOne Health.

The hospital said in a statement it's disappointed and reviewing the ruling to consider an appeal.

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