File photograph of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant’s main hospital in Charlotte is on Hawthorne Lane. Novant said about 41 doctors are seeking to break away from the health care system. (Charlotte Observer)
CHARLOTTE, NC (Cassie Cope and Deon Roberts/Charlotte Observer) – More than 40 doctors plan to break away from Novant Health, Charlotte’s second-largest hospital system confirmed Tuesday, the latest shakeup in the metro area’s health care scene.
“The physicians are leaving our medical group,” Novant spokeswoman Caryn Klebba said in a statement. “That said, Novant Health continues to focus on our goal of delivering a remarkable experience to our patients.”
One of the doctors believed to be leaving Novant did not return a call from the Observer on Tuesday.
The move comes less than a year after about 92 doctors with Mecklenburg Medical Group sued to get out of non-compete contracts with Atrium Health and form an independent practice. That same month, Atrium, Charlotte’s largest health care system, announced it would grant the doctors’ request by ending their employment agreements.
The doctors who split from Atrium formed Tryon Medical Group, which opened its first office in September and now has offices across Charlotte. Atrium said it has hired 45 doctors and retained 26,000 patients affected by the physicians who left.