BELLEVILLE – An Illinois nonprofit
firm is suing a hospital over the defendant's alleged refusal to allow the plaintiff to purchase the defendant's interest in a healthcare entity.
Southwest Illinois Health Ventures Inc.
filed the suit April 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against St.
Elizabeth's Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of
According to the complaint, the parties
first entered into a partnership in 1985 to operate a cancer center
within St. Clair County. The partnership was to be upheld as long
as the defendant retained its management and sponsorship of Hospital
Sisters Health System (HSHS).
However, the suit alleges, a
different entity now governs the defendant and HSHS. The plaintiff
claims there has been a breach of contract of the original agreement, meaning the defendant has engaged in an event
The plaintiff seeks a declaratory
judgment that HSHS' governance of the defendant constitutes such an event so that it can exercise its
purchase option of the defendant's partnership interest. It further
seeks an award of its costs incurred and the granting of other and
further relief the court deems just and proper. Under the breach of
contract count, the plaintiff also seeks damages to be determined at
The plaintiff is represented by Thomas
Q. Keefe Jr. of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville, and James
C. Hethage of Lashly & Baer PC in St. Louis.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case