AKRON, Ohio -- A Roman Catholic health-care system is restructuring a $250 million deal for minority ownership of a northeast Ohio hospital chain after the local bishop rejected the arrangement.

Catholic Health Partners was seeking the partnership with Akron-based Summa Health System, a deal requiring approval by Catholic authorities since it involves a non-Catholic hospital.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Friday ( that Bishop Richard Lennon of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland turned down the plan in a recent letter to Catholic Health Partners.

The paper says Lennon cited Summa's publicly stated plans to continue providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortions on a limited basis when medically necessary.

Catholic Health Partners says it's restructuring the deal with Summa using a secular subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,