Cardiac group wins $11.5 million in arbitration with health-care company  HealthDest

Cardiac group wins $11.5 million in arbitration with health-care company HealthDest

Cardiac group wins $11.5 million in arbitration with health-care company

A health-care corporation that closed the former Mesa General Hospital three years ago has been ordered to pay more than $11.5 million in damages to a Southeast Valley physicians group that reopened the medical center under a new name with the blessings of city and state officials.

An attorney for the physicians said this week that interest accrued on the judgment by an arbitration panel brings the total amount of damages, costs and attorney fees close to $15 million.

The three-member panel said last week that Tennessee-based Iasis Healthcare Corp. and two of its Valley affiliates owe the money to Advanced Cardiac Specialists, Chartered, or ACS, which is led by Dr. Robert Siegel and his wife, Dr. Barbara Barker-Siegel.

For several years, the cardiac group had agreements with Mesa General Hospital, which Iasis closed in 2008, to lease cardiac-catheterization-laboratory space and provide inpatient and outpatient procedures. The group also had an agreement with Iasis St. Lukes Medical Center in Phoenix.

A dispute between ACS and Iasis erupted over what the health-care corporation owed the physicians group, and Iasis refused to pay what an independent analyst determined to be fair market value, ACS attorney Stephen Garcia said.

The dispute simmered even after ACS negotiated with Iasis to lease the closed 126-bed facility and reopen it the following October as Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Mesa General, located in the core of the city near some of its older neighborhoods, was shuttered after Iasis opened the 178-bed Mountain Vista Medical Center in rapidly growing southeast Mesa.

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