NICU turned down for northern Ky. hospital

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EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials have turned down a northern Kentucky hospital's application to open a top-level neonatal intensive care unit.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services ruled Wednesday that St. Elizabeth's Healthcare in Edgewood demonstrated the NICU would benefit Northern Kentucky, it did not prove that families needing the service could not get medical care elsewhere.

St. Elizabeth President John Dubis told the Kentucky Enquirer that the lives of newbors are being put at risk because they now must be sent to Cincinnati (http://bit.ly/z1huvY).

St. Elizabeth has been fighting for more than a year to open the unit, which would provide ventilation and other services to babies born between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation

The rejection came amid a statewide turf battle involving all of Kentucky's major hospitals

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com