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UofL, KentuckyOne Health revise partnership to better serve community

University Medical Center to manage UofL Hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2016) — The University of Louisville (UofL), University Medical Center (UMC) and KentuckyOne Health today announced they have agreed to redesign their partnership with a vision to better support the future of health and wellness in Louisville and across Kentucky.

UofL and KentuckyOne Health will continue their academic affiliation, which includes decades-long academic affiliation agreements with Jewish Hospital and Frazier Rehab Institute. The Joint Operating Agreement established in 2012 will be revised, bringing management of University of Louisville Hospital (ULH) and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center (JGBCC) to UMC.

The agreement, effective Wednesday, establishes the framework for future partnerships between the organizations and resolves all disputes previously raised.

Key aspects of the agreement include:
    • KentuckyOne Health, UMC, and UofL, working together, will continue to implement projects involving up to $44.8 million in capital investments at ULH by July 1, 2017
    • KentuckyOne Health has agreed to complete the funding of the joint investment proposals as set forth in the Academic Affiliation Agreement
    • The University of Louisville will release its rights to three seats on the KentuckyOne Health Board of Directors
    • The University Medical Center is expected to take over the management of the University of Louisville Hospital on July 1, 2017.

The University Medical Center, University of Louisville and KentuckyOne Health will work together over the next six months to facilitate a successful transition for both the management of ULH and JGBCC, and the Academic Affiliation Agreement between the organizations for programs at other locations.

Ongoing information and details on the transition will be provided to patients, community partners, employees and physicians as the process evolves. Transition teams focused on key areas of patient care, employee engagement and infrastructure are being assembled, drawing from the shared expertise currently in place at ULH, JGBCC, KentuckyOne Health, UMC and UofL.

Teams will guide the continuation of initiatives underway, including patient care quality and safety programs and recruitment and retention of top nursing talent, while also shaping the future operations and leadership structure.