St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Covington, Ky., has completed a long-planned acquisition of St. Luke Hospital West, Florence, Ky., and St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Hamilton, Ky., a deal held up by the St. Luke hospitals complicated exit from the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
St. Elizabeth President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Gross will continue in the top post of the larger organization, now governed by a single board that includes all of the St. Luke board members. St. Elizabeth Medical Center is the legal parent organization, though leaders expect to choose a system name in the future, a spokeswoman said.
The facility names will remain the same at the member hospitals: 482-bed St. Elizabeth Medical Center, which has campuses in Edgewood and Covington; 15-bed St. Elizabeth Medical Center-Grant County in Williamstown; 223-bed St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas; and 161-bed St. Luke Hospital West in Florence.
Chris Carle, who has been administrator of St. Elizabeths Williamstown hospital, will be senior vice president and chief operating officer for St. Luke Hospital West. Tom Saalfeld has assumed that position for St. Luke Hospital East, moving from his previous job as vice president of professional services for St. Elizabeth. St. Luke President and CEO Nancy Kremer announced last month she would resign when the transaction closed.
The hospitals announced their intentions in February 2007, but the St. Luke hospitals until last month remained locked in litigation over the terms of their withdrawal from the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. -- by Gregg Blesch
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