Republican leader and former U of L trustee says university made poor argument that hospital isn’t public

The University of Louisville made a “terribly flawed argument” when it claimed that University Hospital was not a public entity, former U of L Trustee Bill Stone told cable channel cn|2‘s “Pure Politics” program yesterday. “That argument has been central as university leaders try to finalize a merger with two private hospital groups, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives,” Ryan Alessi notes.

Stone, a former Jefferson County Republican chairman, said he agreed with Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway’s ruling in an open-records case that the hospital is a public entity, and “I don’t know of any lawyer of merit who wouldn’t agree with Jack Conway’s assessment. That has been the weakness in U of L’s selling point. The University of Louisville Hospital is part of the university.”

Alessi reports, “Stone said the university should be highlighting the positives of the merger.” Stone told him, “I think this merger can be sold to the public on the basis of how much it will mean to this community economically, what it will mean from a prestige point of view, where it will be an incubator for Nobel Prize-winning scientists.” For the story and video, click here; for the video only, on the image above.

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