Clarian deal concerns Bloomington mayor

November 14, 2007
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is expressing concern over a previously announced partnership between his city's hospital and Indianapolis-based Clarian Health.

Kruzan said in a letter to The Herald-Times of Bloomington that his first worry is the potential loss of local control at Bloomington Hospital.

"Bloomington Hospital needs to remain just that-Bloomington's hospital," he said. "Patient care is best served by local governance."

Bloomington Hospital last week said it was considering a partnership with Clarian, a national trend in which smaller hospitals believe linking with larger organizations can strengthen their financial and clinical positions.

A partnership with Clarian would help Bloomington Hospital in its plans to develop a nearby site, which could include outpatient centers and a replacement facility for its current one on West Second Street.

Clarian would hold 51 percent of seats on Bloomington Hospital's board, but certain requirements, like requiring a super-majority vote on certain key issues, are likely to be included.

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