The University of Louisville plans to hire almost 400 nurses and doctors to increase access to local healthcare in its expanded system, an official said.
UofL Health Chief Executive Tom Miller told the school's board of trustees on Thursday that the move would improve access to care at former KentuckyOne facilities, the Courier Journal reported. Those facilities include Jewish Hospital locations in Louisville and Shelbyville, Ky., and Mary and Elizabeth Hospital.
Many doctors and nurses left KentuckyOne before U of L Health completed its purchase of the troubled system in Nov. 1. Miller said hiring 290 nurses and 98 doctors would be aimed at restoring those positions.
Low staffing levels have led Mary and Elizabeth and Jewish Hospital Shelbyville to send patients to Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville, Miller said. In some cases, procedures weren't being performed at Jewish because the hospital didn't have enough staff to handle the extra patients, he said.
Additional staffing would help all three facilities.