Bloomington vote rejuvenates Clarian talks

October 23, 2008
The group that controls Bloomington Hospital voted overwhelmingly last night to continue merger discussions with Indianapolis-based hospital giant Clarian Health.

The Local Council of Women opted 316-105 against a resolution that would have rescinded a vote taken by the council on June 16, according to The Herald-Times of Bloomington. That vote, which passed 403-149, cleared the way to pursue the merger.

Opponents requested the resolution because, they said, they were denied opportunity to verbally ask questions. Some complained their questions submitted on note cards were not answered.

Others expressed concern about losing local control of the hospital.

Last night's vote came after at least 40 people discussed the resolution for more than an hour.

Having signed a letter of intent in June to merge, the parties now anticipate signing a definitive agreement before year's end. That agreement will trigger a planning process expected to last 18 months.

Clarian also is in discussions with Cardinal Health System, parent of Ball Memorial Hospital, to bring the Muncie hospital into its fold by the end of the year.

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