McAlester Regional Health Center is named in a lawsuit for an alleged breach of contract with a former employee.

A former doctor and foundation board president is suing the McAlester Regional Health Center Authority for breach of contract, according to court documents.

Attorneys for Jason McElyea seek $150,400 in damages after they claim the MRHC Authority did not notify the former physician of its intention to terminate the agreement between the parties effective immediately, according to court documents filed April 10 in Pittsburg County District Court by attorney Russell Uselton.

The petition in the lawsuit states McElyea entered an employment agreement on July 1, 2016, with MRHC, which agreed to pay McElyea the following:

• $81.93 per hour (not to exceed $6,842 monthly) for Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine Program Director services

• $175 per hour for emergency department services

• $175 per hour for hospitalist services

According to court documents, the initial contract term ended June 30, 2016 — one day before the start date of a one-year contract that attorneys claim “would automatically extend for an additional year.”

The lawsuit alleges the hospital did not notify McElyea of its intent not to renew the contract at any point on or before July 1, 2017.

Attorneys seek $150,400 in damages against the MRHC Authority, in addition to costs, interest and further relief, according to court documents.

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