WWF Attorneys Secure Multi-Million Dollar Settlement and Return of Hospital Campus to Wadsworth-Rittman Community

After two and a half years of intense litigation with Summa Health System, WWF attorneys Jeff Witschey, Frank Witschey and Betsy Hartschuh secured a multi-million dollar settlement for their client, the Wadsworth Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District. The District commenced litigation against Summa in 2014 after Summa closed inpatient services at the Wadsworth-Rittman hospital facility and refused to reopen inpatient services or return the hospital assets to the Joint District. The case involved complicated, unique and hotly contested legal issues including contract law and charitable trust concepts. In February 2017, just days before the trial date, the parties negotiated a multifaceted settlement agreement which secured for the Wadsworth Rittman Community the return of the 33 acre campus property to the Joint District, a window of opportunity for the community to find a full service hospital operator, and a multi-million dollar lease arrangement which also requires Summa’s investment in the hospital facilities of $750,000 per year in the event a full service hospital operator is not secured.

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