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These Heart Center doctors who left NGHS challenged their non-compete agreements. That case has now been dismissed
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The Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center - photo by Scott Rogers

A complaint filed by two cardiologists who left The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center this summer has been jointly dismissed by both the doctors and the Northeast Georgia Health System. 

Dr. Jeffrey Marshall and Dr. Mark Leimbach left their positions with NGHS on June 1 after opting to not renew their contracts. On June 3, they filed a complaint challenging the non-compete agreement they signed when they were hired in 2014.

Marshall and Leimbach were among the 12 cardiologists who left The Heart Center in June to open the Northside Cardiovascular Institute, affiliated with Northside Hospital. 

The agreement prohibited employees from going to one of the health system’s competitors for two years after leaving The Heart Center. The competitors listed in the agreement are Piedmont Healthcare, WellStar Health System and Emory Healthcare, all based in Atlanta. Northside was not included. 

The doctors said in the complaint that they believed NGHS “will improperly consider such employment (at Northside) to be a violation” of the agreement. 

The complaint was voluntarily, permanently dismissed on Nov. 19, according to Superior Court of Hall County records. 

The Heart Center had 38 cardiologists before 12 left for Northside in June. NGHS has been able to fill some of the vacancies and now has 29 Heart Center cardiologists. 

The Times has contacted NGHS and the doctors' attorney for more information. This article will be updated.

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