After a whirlwind week of meetings with state and federal officials, Erlanger Health System leaders say they are rethinking priorities for the struggling public hospital's immediate future while remaining "optimistic" about gaining new sources of funding.

Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel began the week in Washington, D.C., and ended it in Nashville, where he met with state legislators.

In the middle of the week, Erlanger and legislators announced they would delay a bill that would have allowed the hospital to gain 501(c)3 status.

The decision was made by both hospital executives and members of the Hamilton County legislative delegation, who agreed that the bill was proving to be a distraction amidst Erlanger's efforts to "get its finances in line."

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