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Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, is having a dispute with the Mecklenburg Medical Group.
Zuri Berry / WFAE

The group of physicians that sued Atrium Health to void their non-compete agreements and operate independently hasn’t received confirmation from the health system that it will allow for the group to leave despite public statements saying otherwise.

Carolinas HealthCare System

Atrium Health's chief executive Gene Woods told employees not to let the media noise distract them from serving patients amid an escalating dispute over its choice of an anesthesiology provider and a suit by a group of physicians to operate independently. 

Atrium Health

With billboards, petitions, a website and ads, anesthesiologists have made an employment debate with Atrium Health public. Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants is crying foul over Atrium’s decision to select a new provider, owned by a former Atrium consultant. In response, Atrium is accusing the company of defaming the hospital.

Atrium Health

Atrium Health has countersued Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants in response to a lawsuit filed last week. The two parties have a 37-year relationship, but Atrium is going with a new anesthesiology provider beginning in July.

Atrium Health

After more than 90 doctors sued Atrium Health to be released from their employment agreements and be free of their non-compete clauses, the health system announced it had relented and will allow the doctors to operate independently.

Alex Olgin/ WFAE

Incoming obstetricians and gynecologists are mostly women. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent men. Even in a field where there are only female patients, many of whom say they prefer female doctors, some residency programs are still trying to recruit males for the sake of diversity.   

Atrium Health

Atrium Health said its contract with a new anesthesiology provider will help patients save money and pushed back on claims that it unfairly dumped its old provider.

Atrium Health

The group of anesthesiologists that lost its contract to work at Atrium Health facilities is now suing the health system and the new provider of anesthesiologist services.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against ousted CEO Richard Topping to recoup more than $1.6 million in severance pay. The suit says Topping failed to meet conditions of his severance agreement and violated fiduciary obligations to the Charlotte-based behavioral healthcare organization. 

The number of people going to the emergency room for opioid overdoses in North Carolina increased 40 percent in 2017.