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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Another hospital partnership could be in the works -- Norton Healthcare and Clark Memorial Hospital have announced they are looking at a possible partnership.
Officials with Clark Memorial say they're looking at the benefits the community and patients would see if such a deal were actually reached.
"Under this agreement, we will look at the specifics of what a partnership could entail," said Martin Padgett, president and CEO of Clark Memorial Hospital in a news release. "We'll evaluate the benefits our patients and the community could see, and ways that we could be more collaborative with Norton. For us, this is about preserving and enhancing local healthcare for the people of Clark County."
Stephen A. Williams, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare, said, "This is an important step for both of us in an effort to advance and align healthcare for Clark County and the Louisville region, and to place us in a better position to serve the community for the long term."
Leaders and board members from Norton and Clark Memorial will work on the potential agreement over the next several months.
Clark Memorial once had a partnership with Jewish Hospital but that relationship ended. Clark Memorial currently has 241 beds, the Norton chain of hospitals has 1,800.
What is happening here in the Louisville area is happening all across the country: the continued consolidation of health care services to maintain the quality of care while at the same time attempting to keep health care costs under control.
Clark Memorial is currently a county-owned hospital and any major changes will take some time to resolve.
This follows the major announcement Wednesday that University Hospital is entering a billion-dollar partnership with KentuckyOne Health.