Taking issue with letter
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