Fri., 7:40am: Catholics reject local hospital deal

AKRON – A Roman Catholic health-care system is restructuring a $250 million deal for minority ownership of the northeast Ohio hospital chain that includes St. Joseph in Warren and St. Elizabeth in Youngstown.

This comes after a bishop rejected the arrangement.

Catholic Health Partners was seeking the partnership with Akron-based Summa Health System, a deal requiring approval by Catholic authorities since it involves a non-Catholic hospital.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports today that Bishop Richard Lennon of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland turned down the plan in a recent letter to Catholic Health Partners.

The paper says Lennon cited Summa’s publicly stated plans to continue providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortions on a limited basis when medically necessary.

Catholic Health Partners says it’s restructuring the deal with Summa using a secular subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.