St. Peter’s Health Partners suing New York AG’s office

st. peter’s health partners suing new york ag’s office

St. Peter’s Health Partners suing New York AG’s office

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — St. Peter’s Health Partners is suing the New York attorney general’s office over the AG’s investigation into the closure of the Burdett Birth Center.

The New York State attorney general’s office held a forum on the proposed closure of Burdett Birth Center in September. AG Letitia James said the plan broke a promise by St. Peter’s at the time of an earlier hospital merger.

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She said those promises were made to the community, to donors, and to her office. Her office then launched an investigation into the closure.

St. Peter’s representatives said they were voluntarily cooperating with the investigation, but it was announced on Wednesday that James and her office are being sued by St. Peter’s, its parent company Trinity Health Corporation, and hospital leaders.

They said the AG’s investigation has been a “baseless and overbroad fishing expedition in furtherance of an illegitimate, predetermined endgame: the filing of an action to enjoin the decision.”

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“Despite numerous interrogatories and depositions of our staff, thousands of pages of documentation, despite all of this, the attorney general’s office is still unable to give us a basis for the investigation, unable to tell us what, if anything, we’ve done wrong, which we’ve repeatedly requested,” SPHP Pres. and CEO Dr. Steven Hanks said.

The lawsuit seeks to end what they called “scorched earth” subpoenas, which St. Peter’s called abusive, and also requests an order of protection against the AG using information gained from what they called an improper investigation.

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