Crystal Run Healthcare and seven doctors have settled a pair of lawsuits fighting the practice's now-complete merger with Montefiore Health System, Crystal Run and the doctors recently confirmed.
The doctors had sued late last year to stop the January tie-up between Crystal Run and Montefiore, claiming the deal’s terms were unfavorable and it would have reduced them to “indentured servants."
Until the deal closed, the former plaintiff doctors were among 133 physicians with partnership roles at Crystal Run, meaning they owned part of the business. After the deal, Crystal Run’s doctors became employees of the newly formed company.
Both Crystal Run and the doctors signed confidentiality agreements not to talk about the deal as part of their settlements. But the doctors' attorneys, Steven Shore and Ira Matetsky, did confirm that the doctors will be leaving the practice.
Beginning Sept. 1, former plaintiffs and orthopedic surgeons Drs. Samir Sodha, Howard Yeon, V. Christopher Inzerillo, Rocco Bassora and Andrew Beharrie will be working for the Rothman Institute in Montvale, N.J. Dr. Hanna Kim, a dermatologist, will soon be working in Greenwich, Conn.
Dr. Lissette Giraud, an ear, nose and throat doctor who had a separate but related lawsuit, is currently working at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
“Our clients are pleased that they were able to amicably settle their litigation with Crystal Run,” Shore and Matetsky said in a statement.
A Crystal Run Healthcare spokesman declined to comment on the settlements, citing the confidentiality clauses.
In January, the leaders of Crystal Run Healthcare and Montefiore Health System called their merger an efficient way for Crystal Run to work with a prestigious research institution to deliver advanced care that’s unavailable locally.