When a small not-for-profit hospital joins with a large institution like a university medical center, it's better to do so from a position of strength.
That has been the case with Clark Regional Medical Center's recent decision to affiliate with UK HealthCare. According to Dudley Taylor, chairman of the board of Clark Regional, that decision came about through the initiation of the Winchester hospital's board, which searched for a partnership that would best meet its needs.
At this point it serves no purpose to say who the other suitors were or why they were not chosen, but rather to explain why this one is a good match.
UK Health Care, which, financially is a large part of the state's flagship university, can bring great resources to the community hospital, such as specialized physician and diagnostic services, and make Clark Regional, with $38 million in net assets in 2006, even more fiscally sound. It may also help the hospital achieve its goal of eventually constructing a new, larger facility on land it purchased on the Bypass in 1997.