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Lutheran Health Network suing former CEO

The 30 page complaint was filed in Franklin, Tennessee, where CHS is headquartered.

Posted: Nov 4, 2017 9:13 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2017 10:51 PM

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WFFT) - Community Health Systems and the Lutheran Health Network is suing former CEO Brian Bauer.

The 30 page complaint was filed in Franklin, Tennessee, where CHS is headquartered.

It names Bauer and five other unnamed defendants.

CHS claims Bauer breached his contract and is carrying out "a long-planned scheme to interfere with [The Lutheran Health Network]."

Court documents state Bauer helped a group of doctors try to buy the Lutheran Health Network in October 2016.

CHS rejected that offer in June and fired Bauer.

However, CHS claims a non-compete clause in Bauer's contract is still valid.

It claims Bauer broke that agreement when he worked for IU Health as an independent consultant to bring outpatient offices to the Summit City.

The lawsuit claims his actions are harming the Lutheran Health Network.

Documents also claim Bauer and the five other defendants created a fake Facebook profile posting negative comments about LHN, including Bauer's replacement Mike Poore.

They claim the profile also regularly posts private information about LHN.

WFFT Local contacted Brian Bauer for comment, which he declined.

However, he said the "allegations are with without merit."

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