Dann says hospital talks will continue

John O'Brien Oct. 1, 2007, 2:54pm


CINCINNATI - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says those involved with the possible breakup of a group of hospitals have not met a self-imposed deadline for agreement, but they will not stop negotiating.

Christ Hospital and St. Luke Hospitals are attempting to leave the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. The HAGC and its three remaining members sued both in 2006 over the decision.

According to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the two sides appear to be having trouble agreeing to how many assets Christ Hospital will take with it when it becomes independent of the alliance.

Earlier this year, a state judge ruled the secession of Christ Hospital and St. Luke Hospitals just. The two are trying to force the dissolution of the HAGC.

Dann has called earlier negotiations "productive and promising."

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. The remaining members have reportedly met with Premier Health Partners of Dayton to discuss a potential affiliation.

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