Lawmakers delay study into possible UAMS - St. Vincent merger - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Lawmakers delay study into possible UAMS - St. Vincent merger

Posted: Updated:

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) — The Legislative Council put off voting Friday on a contract to hire a firm to further study a potential partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and St. Vincent Health System State so members could hear public concerns about the pairing at a meeting next month.

Sens. Joyce Elliott and David Johnson, both Democrats from Little Rock, said they had received phone calls from people concerned about how a partnership between the state-run hospital and the Catholic hospital would handle women's issue, including reproductive health.

The $720,000 contract between UAMS and Deloitte Consulting LLP to evaluate a potential affiliation between the two hospitals was recommended by the Legislative Council's Review Subcommittee earlier this month.

Friday, Rep. Larry Cowling, D-Foreman, co-chairman of the Review Subcommittee, asked that the UAMS contract be referred back to the subcommittee for further discussion. He said Elliott and Johnson had made the request so the public's concerns could be addressed.

Click here for more on this story from the Arkansas News Bureau.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police warn parents about criminal consequences of kids "sexting"

    Police warn parents about criminal consequences of kids "sexting"

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:09:53 GMT
    JACKSONVILLE (KATV) - Hormones run rampant in teens – it’s why the concept of sending lewd photos to one another seems so natural to them. But do they know that doing that can land them in some hot water?  More >>
    JACKSONVILLE (KATV) - Hormones run rampant in teens – it’s why the concept of sending lewd photos to one another seems so natural to them. But do they know that doing that can land them in some hot water?  More >>
  • Stolen Home

    Stolen Home

    Stolen Home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:14:57 GMT

    One Lonoke County woman's dream of home ownership didn't last long.  She is facing eviction amidst allegations that her home is stolen.

    More >>

    One Lonoke County woman's dream of home ownership didn't last long.  She is facing eviction amidst allegations that her home is stolen.

    More >>
  • DHS revokes Bryant daycare license after 8-month old infant dragged across carpet

    DHS revokes Bryant daycare license after 8-month old infant dragged across carpet

    DHS revokes Bryant daycare license after 8-month old infant dragged across carpet

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:43:59 GMT
    BRYANT (KATV)--A Bryant daycare owner has her license revoked after one of her employees allegedly dragged an 8-month old infant across the carpet. We first reported this story back in February when surveillance video showed the employee dragging the infant by the leg. Shortly after this incident, the Department of Human Services investigated further and revoked the owner's license closing the Wisdom Tree Learning Academy's doors for good. Coats is facing one count of endangering the welfare ...More >>
    BRYANT (KATV)--A Bryant daycare owner has her license revoked after one of her employees allegedly dragged an 8-month old infant across the carpet. We first reported this story back in February when surveillance video showed the employee dragging the infant by the leg. Shortly after this incident, the Department of Human Services investigated further and revoked the owner's license closing the Wisdom Tree Learning Academy's doors for good. Coats is facing one count of endangering the welfare ...More >>