(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.