U of L Finalizes KentuckyOne Health Purchase, Announces Name Changes Tuesday, Oct 29 2019 

The University of Louisville finalized its purchase of KentuckyOne Health Inc. properties and announced name changes for those facilities on Tuesday.

The KentuckyOne properties will be rebranded under the U of L name, U of L President Neeli Bendapudi announced in a press release on Tuesday. 

Jewish Hospital downtown will be called UofL Health – Jewish Campus and be run under the U of L hospital’s management team. Meanwhile, several Catholic-affiliated providers will remove Catholic symbols and names, including Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital and Our Lady of Peace. Those facilities will now be called UofL Health Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, and Peace Hospital.

Louisville Archbishop Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz said in a statement that U of L Health will continue the healing that was started by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth who founded Sts. Mary & Elizabeth and Our Lady of Peace Hospitals.

“I appreciate the University of Louisville’s stated intention to respect the history of the Sisters’ health care ministry, and I am pleased that the University will seek to maintain health care for underserved areas of the city, serve the poor and vulnerable and preserve employment for many loyal employees,” Kurtz said.

Physician practices, currently part of the KentuckyOne Medical Group, also will be renamed under the UofL Physicians brand.

“UofL Health welcomes the teams from all these locations and, most importantly, we welcome the patients and families served,” said UofL Health CEO Tom Miller. “We are excited to bring this larger system together.”

U of L will now own five hospitals.

Altogether, the health system will generate about $1.5 billion in revenue, according to U of L.

U of L first announced the purchase in August. The deal is dependent on the Kentucky legislature loaning U of L $50 million – Governor Matt Bevin promised this to U of L as part of the deal.

Bendapudi sends video update to community Sunday, Oct 20 2019 

By Maggie Vancampen — 

In a video to the community, University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi updated everyone on some service events and the KentuckyOne Health assets.

The acquisition of the KentuckyOne Health assets will conclude Nov. 1.

“We know this is the right thing to do for Louisville, as well as for the university,” said Bendapudi.

Bendapudi thanked everyone for their continued support in the strategic plan and said more needs to be done to make their 3-year goal.

Bendapudi said that from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25 various events will be hosted around the community.

Some of the events included the Old Louisville Clean-Up Oct. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. According to the event page, volunteers will start at Fourth and Oak Streets and end at Second and Breckinridge Street. Volunteers will be cleaning streets and alleyways and trash bags, trash pickers and water will be provided.

The New Directions Beautification Project is looking for volunteers to help with small repair projects for residents Oct. 23. Tools will be provided for repairs like door/window repair and indoor handrail installation or repair. Volunteers must register in advance for this event.

The Americana Community Center needs volunteers to help with activities like pumpkin and face painting during the Fall Festival on Oct. 24. Two shifts are available from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 the North and West Information Center’s will be accepting donations for Catholic Charities of Louisville from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hygiene items needed are toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and razors and shaving cream. Other drop-off locations include the first floor atrium in the Student Activities Center, the Women’s Center in room 126 in Strickler, the main lobby of University Club and the first floor lobby of Kornhauser Library at the Health Sciences Campus.

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