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Judge to Hear Lawsuit Involving Merger of Florida's Bert Fish Medical Center in February

A Circuit Court judge will hear testimony on Feb. 14 to determine whether Bert Fish Medical Center's reholding of meetings surrounding its merger with Adventist Health's Florida Hospital remedied its violation of Florida's Sunshine Law, according to a News-Journal report.

The New Smyrna Beach, Fla.-hospital was sued by the Bert Fish foundation for violating the Sunshine Law in regards to its merger with Orlando's Florida Hospital. The Sunshine Law establishes a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies or authorities.

Bert Fish and Florida Hospital originally merged in July, but in September announced it would rehold merger meetings as a result of the lawsuit. Bert Fish reselected Florida Hospital following these discussions.

The February hearing will determine if reholding the meetings legally remedies the Sunshine violations.

Read the News-Journal report on Bert Fish Medical Center.

Read previous coverage on Bert Fish Medical Center:

- Judge Rules Bert Fish Merger Violated Florida Sunshine Law

Florida's Bert Fish, Adventist Health Ask Judge to Expedite Trial for Violating Sunshine Law

Florida’s Bert Fish Medical Center Names New CEO

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