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Calif. hospital skirts non-compete rule, hires neonatologist
Modern Physician

A California arbitrator has ruled that a public hospital could legally hire a neonatologist who was banned by a “non-compete” agreement from working at the medical center because such restrictions are contrary to public policy in California.

The arbitrator ruled that Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside could hire a doctor formerly employed by the outside management company Pediatrix even though Pediatrix’s contract forbade it because the doctor formerly worked at Tri-City through a Pediatrix contract.