Panel endorses contract for study of possible UAMS-St. Vincent partnership

A legislative panel Monday endorsed a $720,000 contract that allows the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to explore a possible partnership with St. Vincent Health System.

The contract was before Legislative Council earlier this month but it was referred back to its Review Subcommittee after some lawmakers said they had received phone calls from people concerned about how a partnership between the state-run hospital and the Catholic hospital would handle women's issues, including reproductive health.

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