WKU Votes to Privatize Health Services

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has voted to move forward with privatization of Health Services.

Board members agreed that Graves Gilbert Clinic will begin providing health services at WKU, starting August 1.

This transition will allow more than $1,000,000, from Health Services, to go toward balancing the overall budget.

The board confirms Graves Gilbert Clinic and WK will share the cost of an appraisal to assess the value of equipment and medical supplies that the clinic will purchase from the school.

"The vote is to allow the University to continue to have an important variable on campus, and that is healthcare that is affordable, quality, easy access. It's unfortunate that we have had budget circumstances that cause us to reduce the institution's subsidy," said Ann Meade, WKU Financing Administration.

Meade confirms at least twelve employees of Health Services have yet to find new jobs. Graves Gilbert Clinic has not finalized its staffing decisions.

This contract will run through 2018.

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