A deadline has been extended on break-up talks between the Health Alliance of Greater
Cincinnati and three member hospitals that a judge ruled could leave, according to a
spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, who is brokering negotiations under a
memorandum of understanding reached last month.
We continue to feel strongly the issues will be decided outside of court, said Leo
Jennings, a spokesman for Dann. As long as everyone is still at the table, thats a good
Late last week the parties agreed to push back a Sept. 28 deadline and scheduled court
date, rather than appear at the hearing without agreements in hand, Jennings said.
The alliance appealed a Hamilton County judges April decision in favor of the hospitals
seeking to separate: 470-bed Christ Hospital in Cincinnati; 217-bed St. Luke Hospital East
in Fort Thomas, Ky.; and 177-bed St. Luke Hospital West in Florence, Ky.
The memorandum of understanding calls for them to work out specific plans for final
separation and a transition process and to dismiss or stay all pending litigation. It
also prohibits them from making public statements about the negotiations.
The rescheduled court date is Oct. 29. -- by Gregg
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