Tak­ing is­sue with let­ter

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Alet­ter to the ed­i­tor (Jan. 23, p. 25) mis­rep­re­sented Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives and Ken­tuck­y­one Health.

Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives, the sec­ond­largest faith-based health­care sys­tem in the U.S., em­ploys 70,000 peo­ple in 19 states, with 13,600 em­ploy­ees in 200 Ken­tuck­y­one Health lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals, out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties and physi­cian of­fices. Some 160 peo­ple work in a na­tional of­fice in Er­langer, Ky.

Jewish Hospi­tal & St. Mary’s Health­care and St. Joseph Health Sys­tem came to­gether to form Ken­tuck­y­one Health with one goal: im­prov­ing the health of ev­ery Ken­tuck­ian. Ken­tucky ranks among the 10 top states for chronic con­di­tions such as heart dis­ease and obe­sity. CHI has in­vested nearly $1 bil­lion in Ken­tucky in the past decade in fa­cil­i­ties, equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and ex­pand­ing ac­cess—in­clud­ing the re­cent in­fu­sion of $320 mil­lion in Ken­tuck­y­one Health.

That trans­lates into cre­at­ing and sus­tain­ing jobs. While hos­pi­tals across the U.S. face dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions ev­ery day be­cause of the fi­nan­cial re­al­i­ties of the econ­omy, CHI and Ken­tuck­y­one Health are demon­strat­ing their com­mit­ment to im­prove peo­ple’s lives now and in the fu­ture.

When I an­nounced this his­toric part­ner­ship Jan. 6, I said this new sys­tem will re­sult in a much health­ier Ken­tucky. I know the lives of our pa­tients, com­mu­ni­ties and em­ploy­ees will be bet­ter. That’s a prom­ise.

Bob Hewett Chair­man, board of di­rec­tors Ken­tuck­y­one Health

Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

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