WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri August 23, 2013
Kentucky Hospitals Announce Partnership to Strengthen Pediatric Care
Kentucky's two largest children's hospitals are partnering to provide better pediatric care across the state. Kosair Children's Hospital and U-K Children's Hospital have signed a letter intent to join forces and will spend the next few months working out the details.
"Bottom line is, we can do more together than separately," says Stephens Williams, CEO of Norton Healthcare, which owns and operates Kosair. "Our goal is to continue to expand services, certainly allowing us to better compete with children's hospitals in our border states."
Williams says the collaboration will allow the hospitals to recruit more specialty pediatricians to handle some of the chronic diseases that plague Kentucky children such as obesity and diabetes.
The partnership will also build upon collaborations the two hospitals already have with their cancer and transplant programs.