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Lone Humana hospital changes hands, ending an era

November 4, 1997

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Humana will end its venture into the hospital business on Friday, as the nation’s last remaining Humana hospital changes hands.

Humana Hospital Lexington is changing its name to Jewish Hospital Lexington to reflect its new owner and nonprofit status.

Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services of Louisville closed its deal Monday to take over the hospital at midnight on Friday. Jewish has managed the 174-bed facility and nearby medical offices for 1 1/2 years.

Humana said in September it was selling the hospital for an undisclosed price.

Humana spun off its hospitals four years ago to concentrate on its health-insurance business. It kept the Lexington hospital because other local hospitals did not accept Humana insurance, and it needed a hospital for area policyholders.

Jewish now plans to spend more than $10 million to improve services, hospital spokeswoman Polly Marquette said.

Jewish operates nine other hospitals and 26 other medical businesses in Kentucky and Indiana.

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