This Is Why Health Care Can’t Have Nice Things

When you think of a committee of community leaders who should oversee a review at the University of Louisville Hospital, is this what comes to mind?

University Hospital’s governing board announced Thursday that hospital operations will be reviewed to address questions about their “strengths and vulnerabilities” raised during debate over a proposed merger.

A consultant will be hired to conduct the review, overseen by a committee that will include state and local government representatives, as well as hospital board members.


The nine-member committee includes Louisville Metro Council President Jim King; Ellen Hesen, chief of staff to Mayor Greg Fischer; state Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes; and Dr. David Dunn, U of L’s executive vice president for health affairs. The other members are UMC board representatives Gerry Anderson, Dale Boden, Joan Coleman and Charlie Johnson.

Really? Jim King, Larry Hayes and Charlie Johnson?