TORONTO and HOUSTON, May 6 /CNW/ - Northstar Healthcare Inc. (TSX:NHC) today announced that Dr. Donald L. Kramer, M.D., a former CEO and director of Northstar residing in Houston, Texas, has issued a claim against the members of its board of directors in their personal capacities. This claim alleges that Northstar's public disclosure included defamatory statements relating to the resyndication of Palladium - Houston partnership. As a result of these statements, Dr. Kramer claims that he has suffered harm to his personal and professional reputation in Canada and in Ontario in particular.
The Company notes that the issuance of this claim follows yesterday's announcement by Dr. Kramer of his intention to make an unsolicited offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Northstar. Northstar and its board of directors intend to vigorously contest Dr. Kramer's claim.
About Northstar Healthcare Inc.
Northstar owns and/or manages ambulatory surgery centres in the United States, focusing initially on Houston and other metropolitan areas in Texas. The Company currently holds interests in two ambulatory surgery centres in Houston - a 70% partnership interest in The Palladium for Surgery - Houston and a 60% partnership interest in Medical Ambulatory Surgical Suites.
Northstar was founded and sponsored by Donald Kramer, M.D. and Stewart A. Feldman. Mr. Feldman also served as the co-principal and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Ventures, Ltd., which sponsored Northstar, with Dr. Kramer serving as its President.
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