After months of wrangling, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives said it has agreed to turn over a Kansas critical-access hospital to a community group instead of closing the hospital. As part of the agreement, the Kansas attorney general would dismiss a lawsuit filed against CHI.
CHI agrees to turn hospital over to community group
CHI has agreed in principal to transfer St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Larned, Kan., to the Pawnee County Community Health Organization by March 1, said Sharon Lind, president and CEO of CHI's Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will drop the lawsuit in Pawnee County District Court once the transfer is made, Lind said. Lawyers are drafting the final agreement and should finish in time for transferring the hospital by March 1, she said.
The employees and contract laborers of St. Joseph will move to the new organization with the same pay, benefits and years of service, Lind added. The hospital employs 23 full-time equivalents, she said.
CHI had initially resisted transferring the hospital to the community group because the group wanted to shift services to another location, which would have caused a disruption in services that would have invalidated the license, Lind said. The community group and the Pawnee County board of commissioners entered into an affiliation agreement with Hays (Kan.) Medical Center to manage the hospital, according to Pawnee County Attorney John Settle.
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