After Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon rejected the partnership between Catholic Health Partners and Akron's Summa Health System, Summa will now partner with a different organization.
The Beacon Journal reports the $250 million deal for partial ownership of Summa will now be with a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners called HealthSpan Partners. Lennon tossed out the original deal because it would have allowed Summa to ignore the church's Ethical and Religious Directives, which outlaw things like abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization.
HealthSpan is a secular group, and CHP spokeswoman Liz Vogel said that means the deal shouldn't need to go before the bishop again. Diocese spokesman Robert Tayek said it's too soon to tell if that is the case. A Summa spokesman said the deal should not need re-approval from Summa's board or from the Ohio Department of Insurance.
HealthSpan will get 30% ownership of Summa in the deal. A CHP executive is already working with Summa to join the two health systems.
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