Consultant Joshua Nemzoff has filed a $4 million breach-of-contract and defamation lawsuit against 10-hospital Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Ala., and its chief executive officer, Beth O'Brien. The lawsuit, filed April 2 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleges that O'Brien told her board that Nemzoff was not competent to assist in a restructuring effort and led a campaign to oust him. The suit also names Mercer Delta Consulting, New York, a consulting firm hired by O'Brien. According to the complaint, Baptist Health essentially ordered Nemzoff to stop working as its consultant in early March, about five months before his contract was set to end. Nemzoff, based in New Hope, Pa., declined to elaborate. "The complaint speaks for itself," he said. "I take this matter very seriously." Baptist Health spokeswoman Molly Cate declined to comment on specific allegations, but said the system considers the lawsuit "frivolous" and is in the process of responding. -- by Michael Romano
Consultant sues Baptist Health over contract
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