University Medical Center, Louisville, a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1996 to manage 330-bed University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, has announced today the withdrawalat the schools requestof UMC partners Norton Healthcare and Jewish Hospital & St. Marys HealthCare from the corporation and from membership on the UMC board.
University Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Taylor said the decision to restructure UMC to be run by a new 15-member board without participation by the two competing healthcare entities came after a conversation between them and the university.
The request for them to leave was a way for the public to understand that Jewish and Norton weren't abandoning their role, that they haven't pulled away from a commitment they made to the community, but were asked to leave so that we could continue the evolution of our governing process, Taylor said. The new board will be made up of eight members from the community and seven from the university. -- by Joseph Conn