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Officials to delay Erlanger modernization legislation

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A Hamilton County delegation has decided to delay action on legislation intended to modernize the governance structure at Erlanger.

The legislation would allow Erlanger's Hospital Authority board  to consider the creation of a new not-for-profit operating board.

"During our discussions with Erlanger over the past several weeks, we came to a mutual agreement that the focus now needs to be on the financial health of the hospital," said Rep. Gerald McCormick. "Erlanger serves a critical health care role in our region and maintaining that service is the first priority."

McCormick says the hospital's financial issues are more important than the need to modify the 1976 Hospital Authority Act right now.

"While we know that our governance model needs to be revised, our energy has to be on improved financial performance. Residents of our community have to know that they will receive the quality care that only Erlanger can provide," says Kevin Spiegel, President and CEO of Erlanger.

Officials say they will re-address the legislation when Erlanger feels more confident about its long term financial stability.

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