Colorado AG won’t intervene in sale of Exempla hospitals
DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Thursday he won’t intervene in the sale of two Exempla Healthcare hospitals, saying concerns over whether the new owners will continue to perform abortions and other reproductive procedures aren’t subject to his review.Exempla’s board of directors sought Suthers’ review after opposing the sale to the Roman Catholic health organization Sisters of Charity Leavenworth Health System Inc. Under the system’s Ethical and Religious Directives, the hospitals would stop offering procedures that include tubal ligation and vasectomies.The transfer involves Exempla’s Lutheran and Good Samaritan hospitals.Suthers said his review was limited to whether the assets from one charity would continue to be used for charitable purposes.”The General Assembly mandated that a single, narrow standard of review should apply in non-profit to non-profit hospital transfers,” Suthers said in a statement. “I recognize the strong emotional and political concerns surrounding this transfer, but per the statute, those concerns cannot alter the legal standard of review.”In his review, Suthers found that out of thousands of procedures at Lutheran in 2006, only 389 would have been affected by the Sisters of Charity’s rules. At Good Samaritan, only 265 procedures would have been affected.The sale is also being challenged in a lawsuit in Boulder District Court.
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