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Lutheran Health Network amends lawsuit against fired CEO

The amended lawsuit was filed December 27 in a Franklin, Tennessee court, where Community Health Systems, LHN's corporate owners, is headquartered.

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 3:11 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2018 10:52 PM

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WFFT) - The Lutheran Health Network amended its lawsuit against former CEO Brian Bauer, claiming his involvement in a plan to "take over" is deeper than previously reported.

The amended lawsuit was filed December 27, 2017 in a Franklin, Tennessee court, where Community Health Systems, LHN's corporate owners, is headquartered.

The suit claims Bauer tried to sell CHS's portion since at least September 2016.

A group of 10 doctors, known as Fort Wayne Physicians, formed in October 2016 to attempt to buy the network.

In June 2017, CHS rejected that offer and fired Bauer, who was CEO of Lutheran Hospital for six years and CEO of LHN for two years.

Since then, Bauer has worked with IU Health to offer services in Fort Wayne.

The suit still seeks unspesified damages.

In a statement to WFFT Local, Bauer says "I look forward to challenging these baseless attacks and claims. It's mine and my family's hope we can move forward as a community and focus on providing great care to our patients and a healthy work environment for our providers. The future for healthcare in Fort Wayne and our region is exciting."

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