A Message from Deborah Lee-Eddie, Interim CEO for the Louisville Market

As we prepare for the holiday later this week, I hope that each of you are planning some time to relax and enjoy your family and loved ones as we celebrate our nation’s independence. It is especially important during this time of transition to ensure that you are taking care of yourself, and enjoying some down time. 

You may be aware that some recent media reports have continued to speculate about our future, especially at Jewish Hospital, after UofL was unable to secure a financial partner for the purchase of the Louisville operations. Keep in mind that these articles often contain pure speculation from others who are not actually part of the discussions, and are making predictions based on their limited knowledge of the negotiations.

As I have talked with many of you over the past few weeks, you have asked that we continue to communicate often and provide updates, even if there are no significant milestones or decisions to share at this time. As of today, no decisions have been made about the new owner of KentuckyOne Health; yet I do want to be clear with the details of what we know today. 

We are continuing our discussions with other organizations who are interested in purchasing and operating the Louisville operations, and this includes BlueMountain Capital Management. We also extended the academic affiliation agreement with the University of Louisville to ensure continuity of care for our patients. We agreed to work collaboratively with UofL so that either organization would provide a 90-day advanced notice for any changes to programs or services at Jewish Hospital. It is important to remember that Jewish Hospital is staffed by employed and independent physicians as well as UofL faculty physicians. We have a very committed medical staff that continues to serve patients and the community. KentuckyOne Health and CHI remain committed to securing the best possible future for our employees, providers, the community and our patients. 

I know that this uncertainty can cause anxiety. However, I want you to know that if any significant changes to services are made, we will provide advanced notice of those changes. Please focus on the facts that we know today, rather than outside speculation about the future. Our patients continue to need us, and we need to remain committed to each and every one of them. 

Thank you, and have a wonderful 4th of July.