Marymount Medical Center, Inc. v. Palmaris Imaging, LLC


OPINION filed : AFFIRM the district court's judgment, decision not for publication pursuant to local rule 28(g). Raymond M. Kethledge, Helene N. White Circuit Judges and Sandra S. Beckwith, U.S. District Judge for the S.D. of OH.

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Case: 09-5720 Document: 006110779823 Filed: 11/04/2010 Page: 1 NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FULL-TEXT PUBLICATION File Name: 10a0680n.06 No. 09-5720 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT FILED Nov 04, 2010 LEONARD GREEN, Clerk MARYMOUNT MEDICAL CENTER, INC., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. PALMARIS IMAGING, LLC, Defendant-Appellant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY Before: KETHLEDGE and WHITE, Circuit Judges; and BECKWITH, District Judge.* KETHLEDGE, Circuit Judge. This case arises from a contract dispute between Palmaris Imaging, LLC and Marymount Medical Center, Inc. The contract said that Palmaris would provide radiology services to Marymount, a hospital. Palmaris terminated the contract less than a year after it began. Palmaris cited two reasons for the termination: First, it said Marymount had not employed and retained competent non-physician personnel in Marymount's radiology department. Second, it said that Marymount's radiology equipment was inadequate. The question presented at trial was whether these reasons amounted to "cause" for termination under 4.5 of the contract. The Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, sitting by designation. * Case: 09-5720 Document: 006110779823 Filed: 11/04/2010 Page: 2 The district court conducted a five-day bench trial on that question, after which it entered an order comprising 38 pages of factual findings (none of which Palmaris challenges here) and 18 pages of legal conclusions. The court construed "cause," as used in 4.5 of the contract, to require some violation of the contract itself, since that same section gives the "violating party" 30 days to cure. We think that is an eminently sensible reading of the words and structure of the provision. The district court then held that neither of Palmaris's asserted grounds for termination amounted to cause. We find no error in that conclusion. The personnel problems were not due to a breach by Marymount of its obligation to "employ and retain" non-physician personnel, see 2.6. Instead, the district court said, those problems were the result of a breach of a different obligation--namely, that of Palmaris to provide Marymount a "Medical Director" whose duties expressly included supervision of the personnel that Palmaris said were not doing their jobs well. We see no basis for disagreement with the facts or reasoning that underlay that conclusion. Palmaris's second ground for termination fares no better. The record amply supports the district court's conclusion that Palmaris knew or should have known what kind of radiology equipment Marymount possessed at the time of the agreement. Palmaris in fact asked Marymount to purchase only one piece of equipment--a "multi-plate CR." Marymount promptly bought that piece of equipment. Palmaris can hardly complain now that Marymount did not buy more than Palmaris asked it to buy. And we otherwise have no disagreement with the district court's findings and conclusions in its careful and exhaustive opinion. The district court's judgment is affirmed.

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