Officials from Clark Regional Medical Center and University of Kentucky HealthCare inked a formal affiliation agreement Thursday in a push to expand Clark Regional's overall health care services and boost its bottom line.
Plans for the agreement were announced in November following more than 18 months of strategic planning by the hospital's board of directors.
Officials say the current governance structure of Clark Regional Medical Center will not change, but the agreement will institute a new coordinating committee, composed of one-third UK HealthCare and two-thirds Clark Regional Medical Center representatives.
Through contractual arrangements, UK has provided patients at Clark Regional certain specialty services, such as oncology and high-level cardiology for several years. Officials say the affiliation will seek to provide enhanced services locally.