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Catholic system pulls out of Connecticut hospital merger

PUTNAM, Conn. (AP)– A Catholic-run healthcare system has actually withdrawn its application to affiliate with Day Kimball Healthcare, an independent, economically having a hard time healthcare facility and healthcare system in northeastern Connecticut.

Covenant Health’s choice to end its arrangement with Day Kimball in Putnam comes weeks prior to the state’s Office of Health Strategy was set up to hold a public hearing on the prepared merger.

“As part of our due diligence as we got ready for the general public hearing, we ended up being mindful of brand-new and upgraded details that led to our choice to stagnate forward,” stated Karen R. Sullivan, vice president of marketing and chief interactions officer for Massachusetts-based Covenant Health.

The proposed merger had actually raised issues amongst locals and Attorney General William Tong about the fate of reproductive health and other services in the primarily rural area of Connecticut that might be at chances with the Ethical and Religious Directives set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a concern that has emerged in other states too

Sullivan stated in an e-mail that Covenant’s choice to withdraw its application “had absolutely nothing to do with” the instructions.

Day Kimball CEO Kyle Kramer, in a memo sent out to staff members, stated the medical facility has actually started “pursuing the very best course forward” and prepared to deal with regional and state authorities to maintain necessary health center services in the area, consisting of “checking out conversations with other possible partners.” He kept in mind that Covenant, like other healthcare service providers, has actually dealt with monetary troubles considering that the pandemic which might have added to its choice to withdraw.