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Employee lawsuit could complicate sale of California hospital chain
Employee lawsuit could complicate sale of California hospital chain

Employees of a network of Catholic hospitals in California filed a lawsuit that could complicate a planned sale of the hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services Inc. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, seeks to protect the pensions of thousands of employees and retirees at six hospitals from the Daughters of Charity Health System, including St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County. Prime, a for-profit chain based in Ontario, agreed to buy the hospitals in a deal announced Oct. 10. It vowed to keep all the hospitals open and maintain their existing services, including emergency rooms and trauma centers, for at least five years. Prime...

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