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New group trying to block $361 million sale of Hardin Memorial Hospital

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new group in Elizabethtown is trying to block the sale of Hardin Memorial Hospital.

The organization called The Committee to Save Our Hospital wants to stop the sale of the hospital, which is owned by the county. The Hardin County Fiscal Court approved the more than $361.4 million sale the beginning of May.

Dr. Larry Hall, a retired doctor, is organizing the group in opposition to sale. He is worried Baptist Health, the buyer of the hospital, could reduce available treatments in Elizabethtown.

"Hardin Memorial Hospital would become kind of a referral into the Baptist system in Louisville," Hall said. "I think it was done behind the backs of the citizens. The fiscal court has been working on this for about two years and really didn't come out with the details or much of anything about it until about a month ago.”

Baptist Health declined to comment to WDRB News on Thursday.

The hospital group had also previously said it will take on $37 million in debt-obligation as part of the agreement and no employees will be affected.

Hardin Memorial Hospital referred to existing statements about the deal, but Judge-Executive Harry Barry previously commented on the agreement.

"With Baptists' committed infusion of $235 million over 10 years, the future of HMH as a regional healthcare leader is assured," Barry said.

The sale is expected to be finalized by Dec. 1.

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