In January, when Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare merged with Lexington’s St. Joseph Health System to form KentuckyOne Health, Highlands Family Medicine was part of the deal. But now the Bardstown Road doctors office, which has around 6,000 patients, has announced they’ll leave KentuckyOne due to religious restrictions that affect how they can care for patients.
Under KentuckyOne’s policies, doctors whose practices had been part of Jewish & St. Mary’s aren’t allowed to dispense birth control for pregnancy prevention.
“We didn’t want to work within any organization where any religioun was controlling our practice,” Dr. Rachel Busse, who’s part of the three-person team that runs Highlands Family Medicine told the Courier-Journal. “Anything that limits [birth control], even on the philosophical level, is difficult for us. “
Highlands Family Medicine will become part of Norton Healthcare as of September 1.