A Missouri judge has awarded the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City nearly $434 million in its long-running legal battle with the for-profit hospital network HCA over the firm's 2003 purchase of several medical centers in the region, the public radio station KCUR reports.
The order handed down Wednesday incorporates $239.4 million in previously mandated payments for HCA's failure to fund capital improvements and charitable contributions it promised when it bought the then-nonprofit Health Midwest chain, the issue over which the foundation filed suit in 2009. The judgment also includes $167.1 million in interest and some $27 million in legal fees and expenses.
The foundation was created with proceeds from the $1 billion Health Midwest sale. HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital company, has denied reneging on its commitments in connection with the deal and says it will appeal the ruling.