Richard Turan, former president and chief executive officer of Nassau Health Care Corp., East Meadow, N.Y., sued his former employer for breach of contract in Nassau County Supreme Court, seeking about $1.2 million in damages. Alternatively, Turan wants to be reinstated to his former position, said his attorney, Michael Hopkins. Turan reigned over the quasi-public corporation for three-and-a-half years. He departed in June with two years and nine months remaining on his contract, according to the lawsuit. At the time of his departure, Turan said it was in his, his family's and the corporation's best interests; however, the lawsuit alleged that Turan was "constructively terminated." Healthcare corporation officials declined to comment. Two months before resigning, Turan and six other corporation staff members settled charges with a state ethics commission that they took illegal gifts from information technology vendors. After a three-year turnaround effort, the healthcare corporation, which includes 481-bed Nassau University Medical Center, is projected to lose $15 million on revenue of $500 million this year. -- by Cinda Becker
Ex-N.Y. hospital CEO charges breach of contract
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