Mon General Hospital said its suit against University Health Associates is not about moving the urgent care facility.
Mon General said it challenges the idea that UHA, the private physician group that practices at Ruby Memorial Hospital and its Urgent Care facility, is indeed private and exempt from the freedom of information act and certificates of need.
Mon General bases its argument on a joint operating agreement UHA has with the hospital.
"The hospital and faculty, all operate under a joint operating agreement. And in that agreement it even says if their operating margin, on any given year, is less than two and a half percent, the hospital will make up the difference," said Darryl Duncan, of Mon General Hospital. "How many practices of medicine enjoy that benefit?"
UHA chief medical officer Judie Charlton said in a statement:
"No WVU Healthcare entity has ever challenged a Mon General Certificate of Need or sued Mon General. How a healthcare organization that claims to serve the community can continue to obstruct and impede crucial improvements for patient care is perplexing. These tactics should not be allowed to continue."