The lack of action means the FTC will not attempt to block the proposal, which would combine the 329-bed University of Louisville Hospital with CHI's 462-bed Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., and St. Joseph (June 20, p. 6).
The deal still needs approval at the state level, as well as from the Roman Catholic Church. The agreement envisions a yet-to-be named, tax-exempt health system that would adhere to the tenets of the church, including restrictions on reproduction services and end-of-life planning.
University of Louisville officials announced last week an agreement for its faculty gynecologists and obstetricians to provide reproductive services at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. The university said the agreement would ensure the community retains access to those services after the merger.