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St. Luke’s and Saltzer Medical Group Will File Request for Stay with U.S. District Court

 St. Luke's Health System and Saltzer Medical Group announced Tuesday that it will file for a stay pending appeal with U.S. District Court to stop the court's order to unwind St. Luke's purchase of Saltzer Medical Group.
March 4, 2014

BOISE, Idaho – Officials from St. Luke’s and Saltzer Medical Group announced today they will file a request for a stay pending appeal of the judge’s order to unwind the existing relationship between the two organizations.

This action, which was endorsed by the community-led board of directors for St. Luke’s Health System and the physician leadership of Saltzer Medical Group, allows the organizations to both pursue an appeal and explore a future relationship that is acceptable to the court.

“Our request for a stay pending appeal recognizes, as the court has, that this case presents issues of both exceptional importance and substantial difficulty. All of us involved in this matter have appreciated the candid input and sage counsel we have received and we’re confident this is the right path forward for us and for the patients we serve,” said Dr. John Kaiser, president of Saltzer Medical Group.

“St. Luke’s is the partner we chose and St. Luke’s is still the partner we want to work with. They have shown through this process that they are committed to the same ideals and values as we are.”

The request for a stay pending appeal allows Saltzer Medical Group and St. Luke’s time to effectively look for ways to improve health care delivery without disrupting the Saltzer clinics and their patients.

“Relationships are important to St. Luke’s; that’s what our 100-plus-year history is based on. We will stand by our commitment to Saltzer Medical Group and the residents of Canyon County until we are able to have a positive resolution to this matter – either by prevailing on appeal or identifying an alternative that allows Saltzer to remain healthy and continue to serve patients and the community in a positive way,” said Dr. David C. Pate, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System.

“St. Luke’s vision is based on a fundamental belief that health care must change,” he said. “We remain focused on providing better outcomes for patients by rewarding providers for improving health and wellness and not just for treating illness. We will continue to find constructive ways to deliver these positive changes.”

Media Note: A copy of the request for stay pending appeal once filed will be available at http://news.stlukesblogs.org/legal-and-regulatory-issues/

For more information, contact:

Janet Miller, Saltzer Medical Group Director of Business Development, (208) 463-3067 or jjmiller@saltzermed.com