The Suburbanite
  • Jury was thorough, careful

  • THE ISSUE: Hospital lawsuit 

    OUR VIEW: Let’s move past this chapter quickly

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  • Canton is extremely fortunate to have two high-caliber medical institutions in Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. For two months, these incomparable assets have been on display in an unfortunate setting: a Common Pleas courtroom.
    Mercy’s lawsuit against the Aultman Health Foundation ended Tuesday with another Stark County asset on display: jurors who take their work extraordinarily seriously.
    After listening for weeks to testimony guided by some of the best attorneys in Stark County, the jurors arrived at a verdict that favored Mercy in one of its six claims against Aultman.
    The verdict shows how carefully the jurors parsed complicated legal and ethical issues involving the insurance practices of the Aultman Health Foundation and its subsidiaries. We thank the jury for its diligence and care.
    The focus during the trial on business practices and competition for health consumers’ dollars cast both Aultman and Mercy in an unflattering light at times.
    The lawsuit had nothing to do with patient care, which is outstanding by many measures at both institutions.
    Especially for that reason, we hope to see both institutions, and the community as a whole, move quickly past this chapter in their history.
    As providers of health care and as employers, Mercy and Aultman contribute in countless ways to this community, and all Stark Countians should wish both of them continued success.