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Summa drops one legal move against Western Reserve Hospital co-owners for now
But both sides still plan go to court next year over building-sale and transparency issues

Kevin Niedermier
The legal battle between Western Reserve Hospital and minority co-owner Summa Health System continues.
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Summa Health System has withdrawn a preliminary injunction request against Western Reserve Hospital Partners. But the two sides remain committed to going to trial next year over their contentious co-ownership of Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

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The preliminary injunction was to force Western Reserve Hospital Partners, the group of doctors that co-owns the hospital, to be more open about how the for-profit facility is run.

Summa Health owns a minority share of the hospital, and is taking the physician-owner group to court. Summa wants to sell the hospital building and says the ownership group is resisting an independent appraiser setting a fair market value.

Western Reserve Hospital Partners leases the building and contends it’s committed to buying it, but at a price set under the co-ownership agreement. The lease expires in December.

Western Reserve officials will not comment, citing the pending litigation. In a written statement, Summa says the two sides began negotiations last week but did not reach a settlement. It adds that Summa is still committed to finding a resolution ensuring Western Reserve Hospital remains an important part of the community.                                                               

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