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Atrium Health is beefing up security at many of its hospitals and health facilities. Visitors will soon have to check in at reception desks and in some places have to go through metal detectors.

Dr. Dale Owen points to the eight Tryon Medical Partners office locations that will open over the next several months. They are strategically located near where Atrium owned Mecklenburg Medical Group's offices.
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Hospital systems have been on a buying binge the last few years, gobbling up doctors’ practices. By one estimate, nearly a third of medical practices nationwide are now part of a large hospital network.

But one large group of physicians is going in another direction - it’s breaking away from Atrium Health and opening an independent practice next month. 

Atrium Health is opening a primary care practice at the YMCA near uptown Monday. The new practice will serve between 16 and 20 patients a day and adds to the physical therapy and rehab services the health system already offers at two other YMCA locations.

The group of about 90 doctors that sued Atrium Health to leave and form an independent practice have dropped the suit. The physicians are part of Mecklenburg Medical Group, and announced in April they were leaving Atrium and suing the health system to get out of their contracts.

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At least 151 employees of Atrium Health’s previous anesthesiology provider are at risk of being laid off. This comes after a long, bitter public battle between the health system and the doctors' group. 

Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, is having a dispute with the Mecklenburg Medical Group.
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A new group of anesthesiologists will start at Atrium Health hospitals July 1 as planned after a bitter court fight and public battle with the outgoing group of physicians. 

An artist's rendering of a new Atrium Health facility.
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Atrium Health says it plans to spend about $1 billion to expand its health care facilities in the Charlotte region and beyond. But it’s not quite clear exactly what will be built, where the money will come from for these new projects, and what Atrium defines as beyond.

The group of nearly 90 doctors leaving Atrium Health is rebranding itself as the Tryon Medical Partners. Formerly part of the Mecklenburg Medical Group, Tryon Medical Partners split with Atrium after it sued the hospital network in a challenge to Atrium's non-compete agreements so its doctors could practice independently. 

A judge has denied the request of former Atrium Health anesthesiology provider Mednax for a temporary restraining order to force the hospital system to keep its anesthesiologists working at its facilities.

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The anesthesiology provider that lost its contract to Atrium Health is trying to stop the new hospital network’s contractor from hiring its physicians. This is just the latest action in a public battle between the health system and the doctors group.  

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