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O'Connell Sues Over Hospital Merger Records

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell has filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville, seeking the release of records related to the pending U of L Hospital merger with Catholic Health Initiatives and Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare.O’Connell says U of L has turned over some records that he described as “fluff,” but has not released financial information and other details that the public has a right to see."This is a huge financial transaction, and for the life of me again, I don’t know why the University of Louisville, its representatives and everyone else does not want people to see and know what this is about," O'Connell said during a Tuesday press conference.U of L has said it’s allowed to withhold the information because it’s preliminary in nature, falls under attorney/client privilege, or is otherwise protected under Kentucky law.The university has 20 days to respond to O’Connell’s suit. The hospital merger is subject to approval by Governor Steve Beshear.The merger will be the focus of a WFPL News special tomorrow at 1:00pm.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.