In August 2016, the Sisters of Charity of Cleveland, Ohio, the former owners of Providence Hospitals, filed a lawsuit against Palmetto Health related to the orthopedic physicians and their practice choosing to join Palmetto Health in 2015. At that time, Palmetto Health began vigorously defending the integrity of our organization and our people.
On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, the Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., United States District Judge, dismissed the lawsuit. All Federal antitrust counts brought against Palmetto Health were dismissed in their entirety.
Palmetto Health CEO Charles D. Beaman, Jr., said, “We are very pleased with Judge Anderson’s decision. We have been committed from the beginning to the partnership with our orthopedic physicians. Together, we will ensure community members have access to even more complete and comprehensive orthopedic care. We are grateful for our 15,000 team members’ commitment to providing our patients with the full range of health care services across the Palmetto Health system and bringing our Vision to life: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.”
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 15,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).