Class Action Suit

Ohio hospitals named in class-action lawsuits

A Lorain hospital and its Cincinnati-based parent are among those named in 13 class-action lawsuits filed against nonprofit hospitals. The lawsuits allege the hospitals have distorted the extent of their charity care while using punishing tactics to obtain payments from uninsured patients. The lawsuits were filed last week in Cleveland and seven other states. The only Ohio defendant is the 259-bed Community Health Partners in Lorain and its parent company, Catholic Healthcare Partners. A spokesman for Catholic Health Partners in Cincinnati did not immediately return a message seeking comment today. But Greg Smith told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week that the health system holds fast to its historic Catholic health ministry by treating everyone.