UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare officials announced Wednesday the creation of a new not-for-profit membership corporation that will provide outreach, education and research opportunities throughout Kentucky.
The Norton Healthcare-UK HealthCare Partnership for Quality will include leading officials from both institutions.
The partnership will initially focus on improving health in the areas of cancer care, stroke and heart disease.
"The establishment of this new quality partnership will focus on creating collaborations with hospitals across the state in stroke, cardiovascular and cancer care," said Dr. Michael Karpf, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky, in a news release.
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"Our intent is to bring our combined health care expertise and resources into communities across the Commonwealth to improve health care outcomes," said Steve Williams, president and CEO of Louisville-based Norton Healthcare.
UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare initially joined forces to establish a statewide system in 2010.