Ky. children's hospitals announce partnership

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials at the state's two children's hospitals have announced their intent to form a partnership.
   
The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader report officials at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington said on Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent.
   
Kosair is owned by Norton Healthcare, and the company's CEO, Stephen Williams, says the hospitals "can do more together than we can do separately."
   
On Friday, the University of Louisville said the partnership could jeopardize U of L's relationship with Norton. U of L Health Sciences Center spokesman Gary Mans said officials are still deciding what steps to take.
   
Officials said a partnership is expected to help the hospitals recruit more pediatric specialists, open more outreach clinics and develop a statewide network of doctors who provide perinatal and neonatal care.

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