As of Friday, Jan. 21, Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD) voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) after carefully considering all aspects of the six-year-old case.
For many years, NIHD has sought relief in the courts from what it considers to be an illegal intrusion of SMHD into NIHD’s service area. However, a recent court ruling made clear that despite the various harms caused by SMHD’s intrusion, further efforts to prevail in this dispute would not produce a favorable outcome.
For this reason, and in light of the pressing medical needs of the public, and NIHD’s desire to focus on its long-term vision, NIHD withdrew its lawsuit while reserving the right to re-file in the future should the need arise. NIHD remains hopeful that with the conclusion of this litigation, it can work collaboratively with SMHD going forward to address the many pressing issues facing our Eastern Sierra communities.
About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics, internal medicine, pediatrics and allergies, general surgery, colorectal surgery, breast cancer surgery and urology. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.