Indiana University Trustee Patrick Shoulders wanted to be sure a recent decision by the United Methodist Church wouldn’t affect IU Health.

He got a guarantee from IU’s president during the university’s board of trustees meeting Friday.

Shoulders, an Evansville lawyer, raised concerns after the United Methodist Church voted to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy last month. The Methodist Health Group and IU partnered to create IU Health in 1997.

“IU has a relationship with the Methodist Church in IU Health,” Shoulders said after the meeting. “I requested assurance that the discriminatory policies of the Methodist Church are not part of the governance, policies or practices of IU Health.”

Reading from a prepared statement during the board meeting, IU President Michael McRobbie explained that issues of religious influence were addressed by a report before IU Health was formed.

Indiana’s governor formed a nine-member panel to review the proposed partnership. In the mid-1990s, that panel issued a report concluding the Methodist Health Group is a community benefit organization and not a religious institution. In addition, Clarion Health Group, as IU Health was first named, would “not be operated in a manner that promotes or inhibits any specific religious denomination.”

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