Phoebe responds to temporary restraining order

U.S. District Judge Louis Sands issued a temporary restraining order in the Phoebe-Palmyra hospital merger.

Fox 31's media partner The Albany Herald posted this response from the Federal Trade Commission about the restraining order. "We are pleased that the Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting any further steps to consolidate the two hospitals in Albany, and prohibiting any price changes to existing health-plan contracts, pending our Motion for Preliminary Injunction," said FTC Bureau of Competition Director Richard A. Feinstein in a statement." A hearing on that motion has been scheduled for June 14."

Phoebe's response is below.

Phoebe officials say a temporary restraining order (TRO), issued today by Judge Louis Sands will not alter the day-to-day operations at Phoebe North Campus. The order serves to preserve the current state of operations at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's main and north campuses until further review by the court.

"In granting the request, Judge Sands made it clear that the TRO is limited entirely to preserving the status quo as it now exists and that this order is not intended to change the way Phoebe currently operates Phoebe North Campus, the former Palmyra Medical Center," says Tommy Chambless, Phoebe senior vice president and general counsel. As part of the ruling, Phoebe may not alter prices in existing contracts; it can continue to operate as the integrated hospital with two campuses, as it is today.

Chambless adds, "This will have the effect of slowing some of the progress we have been moving toward, on Phoebe North Campus as well as on our main campus, and naturally, we will not yet be able to immediately undertake our plans to develop a women's and children's center for our community."

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