St. Mary's Files Suit Against Renown

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/12/2013 6:34 pm
(KRNV Reno, NV)

A lawsuit has been filed pitting one local hospital against another with millions of dollars in alleged damages on the line.

News 4 has obtained a copy of the complaint filed in Washoe District Court today.   The suit was filed by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center and several doctors accusing Renown Health of refusing to release patient information to doctors and failing to abide by a judge's order to release that patient information.

The suit also seeks damages in the wake of an FTC investigation in 2012 that found Renown had essentially developed a monopoly on cardiology care in the area, which the FTC said was not in the best interest of patients.

"The Federal Trade Commission settles with Renown over anti-trust issues, they got their $500,000.  That's fine for the FTC but the victim of the anti-trust is Saint Mary's," said attorney Kent Robison, who filed the suit.

Robison says the damages could be as high as $15 million.

News 4 asked a Renown representative for comment on the lawsuit but we did not hear back on Thursday, December 12th. 


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Trzo9veuha - 12/14/2013 1:15 PM
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Get the money any way you can. Because come Jan 1st the payment rate of insurance companies will be cut to almost nothing. Ever notice that in socialist countries doctors are among the lowest paid group?

angeloschild - 12/13/2013 3:40 PM
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Renown was once a great place to work. I worked there for 33 years when it was called Medical Center/Washoe Health System. Once it went corporate, it was all about the money. They started reorganizing, eliminating positions, cutting benefits, and the workplace became very unpleasant. People were always looking over their shoulders, wondering whose job would be on the chopping block next. Such an environment does not make for happy employees.

Kramer - 12/13/2013 12:34 PM
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this has nothing to do with 'obamacare', yet shows how skewed the for-profit health care "system" really is. Infighting over the big bucks, want fries with that? And we get all the advertising that goes with it. I, for one, will try to stay out of ambulances. How does one justify $1K for a ride in an armored car, anyway?

jd111358 - 12/13/2013 9:32 AM
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why do Reknown employees seem so unhappy? Why do they stress "how was your experience at Reknown? ST Mary's is just old and it shows much.....

kdavis52 - 12/13/2013 9:25 AM
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Maybe both hospitals should be assessed and see who has the best nursing care. I had care at both hospitals and I preferred Renown.

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