Brass City Hospital Merger Derailed

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Reproductive rights impacted business in Connecticut after a disagreement over reproductive services put the brakes on the expected merger of Waterbury and "">cheap . Mary’s hospitals.

The two entities were expected to combine as one unit "order_valium"> a newly built, 426-bed facility. But the question of whether to provide reproductive services stalled the plan. "">cheap . Mary’s is a Catholic-affiliated hospital, and the Vatican has final approval over the merger. Catholic Health Services does not permit "">there or other forms of birth control such as vasectomies and tubal ligations.

The merger was being led and financed by LHP Group, a private Texas company.

A proposed solution to the dilemma, which would place all reproductive services in a separate building near the hospital, was rejected by the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). Commissioners said the proposal did not provide needed services to area women.

PCSW co-sponsored a public information hearing in June. In its monthly newsletter that month, the organization stated that it sought to “make sure that the women’s community is represented” and that “the Waterbury community is not denied the medical services it needs and that a high standard of care for the majority prevails.”

MergerWatch, an organization that looks to protect patients’ rights when hospitals merge, also found fault with the proposal.

“Plans for a hybrid model of an ambulatory surgery center were rejected by MergerWatch and local women's health advocates due to quality concerns and unstable financial projections,” stated the organization. “We continue discussions as new solutions are explored.


— Felicia Hunter

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