Judge rules for Sarasota County in long-running indigent care lawsuit

A judge has ruled for Sarasota County and the board that runs the Sarasota Memorial Health Care system in a decade-long lawsuit filed by three priv...

November 17, 2022
12:14 AM

A judge has ruled for Sarasota County and the board that runs the Sarasota Memorial Health Care system in a decade-long lawsuit filed by three private hospitals that fought to force Sarasota County to reimburse them millions of dollars for indigent care.When the suit was filed in 2011, the hospitals were seeking roughly $100 million in fees – a sum has since grown more than five times in value.The ruling by 12th Circuit Court Judge Andrea McHugh on Nov. 10 was based in part on the fact that the private hospitals – two of which now do business as HCA Sarasota Doctors Hospital and HCA Englewood Hospital – as well as the now defunct ShorePoint Health Venice, are bound by state and federal laws to provide care for the poor.

Earle Kimel