Trustees of Washington County Memorial Hospital, Salem, Ind., abruptly reversed course this week and decided to remain a part of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, Louisville, Ky., which has managed Washington County's 15-bed hospital since 1991. The trustees voted 3-0 Tuesday to overturn a vote earlier this month that would have severed the contract with Jewish, which owns two hospitals and manages five others. The reversal came after the resignation of two trustees who voted to cut loose from Jewish. In a prepared statement, Robert Shircliff, senior vice president of Jewish, said, "We're very pleased with the board's decision. This has been a mutually beneficial partnership for 13 years. We're looking forward to another 13 years." -- by Michael Romano
Ind. hospital to stick by Louisville, Ky., system
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