Dann involved in hospital dispute

John O'Brien Aug. 9, 2007, 1:22pm


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is encouraged by the progress of those involved in the breakup of the hospitals that make up the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

A legal dispute between the hospitals began in 2006 when Christ Hospital decided it would withdraw. St. Luke Hospitals followed suit.

The alliance sued the two hospitals trying to leave, and a state judge ruled their secession was just. Those two hospitals then asked a court to dissolve the alliance.

Dann called negotiations Wednesday "productive and promising."

"I would like to commend everyone involved for the spirit of cooperation they have demonstrated during both negotiating sessions," Dann added. "Because of their hard work and commitment to the process we have established, I am confident we will accomplish the goal of developing a stable transition plan that will enable each of the hospitals to continue to provide high quality health care to the residents of this community for many years to come."

The remaining members of the alliance -- University, Jewish and Fort Hamilton -- agreed to pay Christ Hospital $36 million and St. Luke Hospitals $3.5 million. Those two hospitals were sued by the alliance

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported those three remaining members have met with Premier Health Partners of Dayton to discuss a potential affiliation.

A third negotiating session will be held Aug. 16. The first occurred Aug. 1.

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