Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
Atrium Health

The group of anesthesiologists that lost its contract to work at Atrium Health facilities is now suing the health system and the new provider of anesthesiologist services.

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Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is suing its ousted CEO Richard Topping for his severance payment of nearly $1.7 million. Cardinal hired an outside law firm to investigate Topping's actions. It revealed that Topping took personnel files and deleted texts and calls the state told him to save.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Mark Hames / The Charlotte Observer

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against ousted CEO Richard Topping to recoup more than $1.6 million in severance pay. The suit says Topping failed to meet conditions of his severance agreement and violated fiduciary obligations to the Charlotte-based behavioral healthcare organization. 

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Video visits with inmates and participation in a federal immigration enforcement program were two of the flashpoint issues at the Mecklenburg County sheriff's forum Thursday night at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

The number of people going to the emergency room for opioid overdoses in North Carolina increased 40 percent in 2017.

Atrium Health

The fallout of Atrium's decision to end its nearly 40-year relationship with Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants and its parent company Mednax has spurred charges that the new company intends to reduce the number of doctors it utilizes — a claim that the new company taking over and Atrium denies. 

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

 The 2018 North Carolina health outcomes map.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mecklenburg County was ranked the fifth healthiest county in the state. That’s according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. The annual study looks at how long people live and how healthy their lifestyles are. But there are some less-than-pleasant details.

Atrium Health

Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, said it ended its contract with the anesthesiology group that’s been providing care at its hospitals and clinics for nearly four decades. At the heart of this, is a dispute over how many patients anesthesiologists should be caring for simultaneously.  

Shealah Craighead/ White House

Steel producers employ about 6,000 people in the Carolinas. There are also many more companies that make products with steel.  President Trump said Thursday afternoon that he would be putting a 25 percent tax on foreign steel and a 10 percent on aluminum.