Med Center Health: Cabinet changes regulation in effort to help other hospital after battle over ambulance service

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- According to a news release sent out Thursday from Med Center Health, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has changed a regulation, in what the hospital calls, an effort to help Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital.

The regulation change comes just a couple of weeks after Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital’s recent defeat in an attempt to establish an ambulance service in Warren County.

According to Med Center Health, the Cabinet’s change improperly favors Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital.

The news release goes on to say that the newly amended regulation “brazenly” seeks to remove the obstacles Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital encountered when its Certificate of Need application was denied on Jan. 4.

Wade Stone, the executive vice president of Med Center Health, claims the Cabinet unnecessarily took aim at Warren County last September by crafting special legislation to benefit Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital and failed to get the wording right the first time, so now, is continuing an assault on Warren County and Med Center Health by amending the regulation.

Med Center Health has a lawsuit pending in Franklin Circuit Court which challenges the constitutionality of the regulation issued last September.

“We are reviewing the governor’s latest set of regulations to determine how that will affect our plans going forward,” Greenview chief executive officer Mike Sherrod said.  “Our steadfast focus is to take care of our patients and give them the highest quality care they deserve.”