This Agreement is made this day of November 16, 2000, by and between SIERRA
HEALTH SERVICES, Inc., a Nevada Corporation, of Las Vegas, Nevada (hereinafter
referred to as "Employer"), and Anthony M. Marlon, M.D. , (hereinafter referred
to as "Employee").
WHEREAS, Employer is a publicly traded company engaged in the
business of providing managed health care services through subsidiary companies;
WHEREAS, Employee has expertise and experience in providing
managed health care services; and,
WHEREAS, Employee has made and is expected to continue to
make a major contribution to the profitability, growth and financial strength
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and
agreements hereinafter set forth, Employer and Employee agree as follows:
EMPLOYMENT/DUTIES AND POWERS
1. Employer hereby employs, engages and hires Employee as Chief
Executive Officer, and Employee hereby accepts and agrees to such hiring,
engagement and employment, subject to the general supervision and direction of
2. Employee shall perform such duties as are assigned by the Board of
Directors, and shall at all times faithfully and to the best of his/her ability
perform all the duties that may be required of Employee to the reasonable
satisfaction of Employer. Employee shall exercise only those powers for signing
contracts and conveyances in the ordinary course of business as are expressly
authorized by the Board of Directors. Employee further agrees to participate in
and assist in the development of quality improvement programs offered by
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT - TERM OF AGREEMENT
1. The term of employment governed by this Agreement shall be for
approximately a 5 year period starting November 16, 2000 and terminating
December 31, 2005 subject, however, to prior termination as hereinafter provided
in Article VII. Unless earlier terminated by the mutual agreement of the parties
hereto, this Agreement shall terminate at December 31, 2005 or, if Employee has
become entitled to any benefit under Article VII due to termination of
employment on or before December 31, 2005, at such date as Employer has no
further obligations to Employee under Article VII; provided, however, that the
provisions of Article V and Article VI (and this clause of Article II) shall
survive any termination of this Agreement.
COMPENSATION AND REVIEW
1. Employer shall pay Employee and Employee shall accept from Employer as
payment for Employee's services hereunder, compensation in the form of base
salary in the amount as set forth in Attachment A of this Agreement, payable at
such times as are deemed appropriate by Employer, but not less than twice a
month, and other compensation payable under this Agreement.
2. (a) Employer shall reimburse Employee for all necessary
and reasonable business expenses
incurred by Employee while performing services pursuant to Employer's direction.
(b) Employee agrees to maintain adequate records of expenses, in
such detail as Employer may reasonably request.
3. (a) Employee shall also be eligible for those Employee fringe benefit
programs, bonus plans, and stock option plans as are made available to other
employees of the corporation at the same organizational level, and as approved
by the Board of Directors.
(b) Except for Employee's vested benefits under the Supplemental
Executive Retirement Plan ("SERP"), Employer may, at any time and at its sole
discretion, amend any fringe benefit programs, bonus programs, or stock option
programs without prior notice to Employee even though such an amendment may
decrease the future benefits available under said programs. Notwithstanding this
subparagraph, Employer shall have the right to retroactively amend Employer's
policies concerning vacation and paid time off accruals.
4. Employee's performance shall be reviewed at least annually based on
established job duties, goals and objectives and other reasonable standards as
deemed necessary and appropriate by Employer.
Employee shall devote all of his time, attention, knowledge, and
skills solely to the business and interest of Employer, unless otherwise
authorized by Employer, and Employer shall be entitled to all of the income,
benefits, or profits arising from or incident to all work, work associations,
services, or advice of Employee, unless otherwise authorized in writing by
Employer. Employee shall not, during the term hereof, be interested in any
manner, as partner, officer, director, advisor, employee or in any other
capacity in any other business similar to Employer's business or any allied
trade, or obtain any interest adverse to Employer; provided, however, that
Employee may provide advice and consultation to other entities with the written
approval of Employer, and further provided, however, that nothing herein
contained shall be deemed to prevent or limit the right of Employee to invest
any of his/her surplus funds in the capital stock or other securities of any
corporation whose stock or securities are publicly owned or are regularly traded
on any public exchange, nor shall anything herein contained be deemed to prevent
Employee from investing or limit Employee's right to invest his/her surplus
funds in real estate. Employee shall complete a Conflict of Interest form by
February 15 of each calendar year and submit it to Employer for review. All
conflicts of interest or any potential conflicts of interest which arise during
the year must be immediately reported to Employer. All conflict of interest
concerns must be resolved to the reasonable satisfaction of Employer as a
condition of continuation of employment.
1. Employee shall not at any time or in any manner, either directly or
indirectly, divulge, disclose or communicate to any person, firm or corporation,
in any manner whatsoever, any proprietary or confidential information concerning
any matter affecting or relating to the business of Employer or its
subsidiaries, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any of
their customers, the prices they obtain from providers or have obtained from the
sale of, or at which they sell or have sold, its services, or any other
information concerning the business of Employer or its subsidiaries, their
manner of operation, or their plans, if such a disclosure would be detrimental
to the business interests of Employer or its subsidiaries.
2. If Employee's employment hereunder is terminated by either party at any
time hereafter, then Employee agrees to turn over to Employer all papers,
documents, working papers, correspondence, memos and any and all other documents
in Employee's possession relating to or concerning any matter affecting or
relating to the business of Employer or its subsidiaries.
1. Employee acknowledges that in Employee's employment hereunder, Employee
will have continual contacts with the groups, members, and providers who are
covered by or associated with the managed health care programs offered by
Employer or its subsidiaries in Nevada and other states. In all of Employee's
activities, Employee, through the nature of Employee's work, will have access to
and will acquire confidential information related to the business and operations
of Employer and its subsidiaries, including, without limiting the generality of
the foregoing, member and group lists, and confidential information relating to
processes, plans, methods of doing business and special needs of doctors,
hospitals, members, groups, pharmacies, or other health care providers who
contract with Employer or its subsidiaries. Employee acknowledges that all such
information is the property of Employer or its subsidiaries solely and
constitutes confidential information of such parties; that the disclosure
thereof would cause substantial loss to the goodwill of Employer and its
subsidiaries; that disclosure thereof to Employee is being made only because of
the position of trust and confidence which Employee will occupy and because of
Employee's agreement to the restrictions herein contained; that his knowledge of
these matters would enable him, on termination of this Agreement, to compete
with Employer or its subsidiaries in a manner likely to cause Employer and its
subsidiaries irreparable harm, and disclosure of such matters would, likewise,
cause such harm; and that the restrictions imposed upon Employee herein would
not prohibit Employee in earning a living.
2. It is understood and agreed by Employee and Employer that the essence
of this Employment Agreement is the mutual covenants of the parties herein made,
that the present and future members and groups of Employer or its subsidiaries
will remain Employer's or its subsidiaries' members and groups during the term
of this Agreement and following its termination for any reason. In consideration
for the employment and continued employment of Employee by Employer, and also
for the amount received by Employee as compensation, Employee hereby irrevocably
warrants, covenants, and agrees as follows:
(a) during the term of Employee's employment and after leaving
the employment of Employer for any reason, whether involuntary or voluntary,
Employee will not take any action whatsoever which may or might disturb any
existing business relationship of Employer or its subsidiaries with any doctors,
groups, members, hospitals, pharmacies or other health care providers in Nevada
who contract with Employer or its subsidiaries;
(b) for a period of one (1) year after leaving the employment of
Employer, Employee will not solicit business from the members or groups of
Employer or its subsidiaries in Nevada, or in any manner disrupt any business
relationship Employer or its subsidiaries has with any contracted health care
provider in Nevada with whom Employee came in contact as an employee of
(c) for a period of one (1) year after leaving the employment of
Employer, Employee will not, either directly or indirectly, work for any present
or future competitors of Employer operating in the state of Nevada who in any
manner offer any managed health care programs, insurance coverage, or administer
health care claims for employers. Such competitors shall include, but are not
limited to, HMOs, PPOs, insurance companies, utilization management companies,
or third party administrators.
3. The one (1) year period specified in this Article will be tolled during
any period of breach of any of the terms of Article VI by Employee.
4. Employee agrees that in the event of a breach of any term of this
Agreement, and more particularly, in the event of a breach of any of the terms
and provisions of Article VI, Employer shall be entitled to secure an order in
any suit brought for that purpose to enjoin Employee from violating any of the
provisions of the Agreement and that, pending the hearing and the decision on
the application for such order, Employer shall be entitled to a temporary
restraining order without prejudice to any other remedy available to Employer,
all at the expense of Employee should Employer prevail in such action. Employee
understands that the covenants of this Article are the essence of this
Employment Agreement, and without which no Employment Agreement with Employee
would be entered into by Employer.
5. The provisions of Article VI shall in no event be construed to be an
exclusive remedy and such remedy shall be held and construed to be cumulative
and not exclusive of any rights or remedies, whether in law or equity, otherwise
available under the terms of this Agreement or under the laws of the United
States or the state of Nevada.
6. The covenants and agreements made by Employee in this Article VI shall
be construed as an agreement independent of any other provision in the Agreement
and the existence of any claim or cause of action by Employee against Employer,
whether predicated on this Agreement or otherwise, shall not constitute a
defense to the enforcement by Employer, by injunctive relief or otherwise, of
the provisions of Article VI. The invalidity of all or any part of any section
or paragraph of this Article VI shall not render invalid the remainder of this
Article or any section hereof.
7. No failure or failures on the part of Employer to enforce any violation
by Employee of this Noncompetition agreement, shall constitute a waiver of
Employer's rights thereafter to enforce all of the terms, covenants, provisions
and agreements herein contained.
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
1. Termination of employment by either Employer or Employee shall follow
established Sierra Health Services Policies and Procedures including appropriate
notice, except as otherwise specifically set forth in this Article.
2. Employee may terminate employment hereunder with sixty (60) days prior
written notice. If Employee shall voluntarily terminate employment, all eligible
separation compensation and benefits as are routinely made available to other
employees of Employer at the same organizational level, shall be paid or made
available to Employee.
3. If Employer shall terminate Employee's employment hereunder without cause,
except as otherwise set forth in Paragraph 7 of this Article, Employee shall be
entitled to twenty-four (24) months salary and all other separation compensation
and benefits as are routinely made available to other employees of Employer at
the same organizational level.
4. In the event Employee's employment hereunder terminates for any reason other
than for cause, including those reasons set forth in Paragraph 6 of this
Article, Employee and his/her family shall be eligible to remain covered under
Employer's health care coverage program, at no expense, for a period of time
equal to Employee's length of service or until Medicare eligible, whichever
occurs first, following termination of such employment.
5. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement to the
contrary, Employee hereby agrees that any separation compensation due to
Employee, other than accrued vacation, shall be paid out 25% after the first 90
days, 37 1/2% after the first 180 days, and the remaining 37 1/2% at the end of
365 days, except in the event of a change in control. Payment of such amounts
shall fully release Employer from any and all liability of Employer relating to
this Agreement or the employment hereunder. Any payments of such amounts which
would otherwise be payable after a change in control or arising as a result of a
change in control shall be made in a lump sum within five (5) business days
following the date of the change in control and shall, except as otherwise
provided in any other benefit program or in this Agreement, fully release
Employer from any and all liability of Employer relating to this Agreement or
the employment hereunder.
6. If Employer shall terminate Employee's employment due to Employee's
conduct that is materially detrimental to the Company's reputation, business
relationships, or for misappropriation of Employer's funds, Employee shall be
eligible for four (4) weeks salary and any other separation compensation and
benefits as are routinely made available to other employees of Employer at the
same organizational level, as full and final payment under this Agreement.
Payment of such amounts shall fully release Employer from any and all liability
of Employer relating to this Agreement or the employment hereunder.
7. (a) If Employee is unable to perform Employee's duties hereunder, by
reason of illness or incapacity of any kind, for a period of more than twelve
(12) months in excess of accrued sick leave, Employee's employment hereunder may
be terminated by Employer at its absolute discretion with one week of prior
(b) If Employee's illness or incapacity shall have ended, and
Employee shall have assumed Employee's duties hereunder, prior to the date
specified in the notice of termination, Employee shall be entitled to resume
Employee's employment hereunder as if such notice had not been given.
8. In the event of a change in control of Employer, whereby any
"person" (as such term is used in Sections 3(a)(9) and 13(d)(3) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934) is or becomes the beneficial owner, directly or
indirectly, of securities of Employer representing 51% or more of the combined
voting power of the then outstanding securities of Employer, Employee, at
his/her sole option, shall be entitled to terminate his/her employment hereunder
and will be entitled to a cash amount equal to (4.0) times Employee's current
salary and the target annual bonus for which Employee is eligible in the year of
termination and any other separation compensation and benefits as are routinely
made available to other employees of Employer at the same organizational level.
Employee's right to terminate under this Paragraph 8 may be exercised at the
time of the change in control or at any time within two years after the change
in control, including upon receipt of any notice that Employer has elected to
terminate Employee's employment without cause during such two-year period.
Payment of such amounts shall be made in a lump sum within five (5) business
days following termination of Employee's employment and shall, except as
otherwise provided in any other benefit program or in this Agreement, fully
release Employer from any and all liability of Employer relating to this
Agreement or the employment hereunder, other than benefits under the SERP and
other employee benefit plans of the Company.
9. Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding in the event
that Employer shall discontinue operation of Employer other than as a result of
a merger, consolidation or acquisition, then this Agreement shall terminate and
the provisions of Article VI shall terminate as of the last day of the month in
which Employer ceases operation with the same force and effect as if such last
day of the month were originally set as the termination date hereof.
10. Any amounts payable under this Article VII shall also be payable to
Employee in the event Employee is terminated without cause during the 90-day
period prior to a Change in Control.
11.Whether or not Employee becomes entitled to any payments under
Paragraphs 1 through 10 of this Article VII, if any payments or benefits
received, or to be received, by Employee (including the vesting of any option
and other non-cash benefits and property), whether pursuant to any provision of
this Agreement or any other plan, arrangement or agreement with Employer or any
affiliated company, excluding the Gross-Up Payment described herein (such
payments and benefits being the "Total Payments"), will be subject to any excise
tax imposed under section 4999 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
(such excise tax, including penalties and interest thereon, being the "Excise
Tax"), Employer shall pay to Employee an additional amount (the "Gross-Up
Payment") such that the net amount retained by Employee, after reduction for any
Excise Tax on the Total Payments and any federal and Excise Tax on the Gross-Up
Payment, shall be equal to the sum of (i) the Total Payments plus (ii) any
deductions disallowed for federal income tax purposes because of the inclusion
of the Gross-Up Payment in Executive's adjusted gross income multiplied by the
Executive's highest marginal rate of federal income taxation for the calendar
year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made.
EFFECT OF WAIVER
The waiver by either party of a breach of any provision of this agreement
shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach thereof.
ACTUAL ATTORNEY'S FEES EXPENDED
Employer and Employee agree that all attorneys fees expended by either
party in any dispute, arbitration or litigation concerning this Agreement will
be paid by the losing party in that dispute, arbitration or litigation.
Any and all notices referred to herein shall be sufficient if furnished in
writing, sent by registered mail to the representative parties at the addresses
subscribed below their signatures to this Agreement.
The rights, benefits and obligations of Employee under this Agreement
shall be assignable, and all covenants and agreements hereunder shall inure to
the benefit of and be enforceable by or against Employer's successors or
This Agreement contains the entire Agreement between the parties, and the
parties hereby agree that no other oral representations or agreements have been
entered into in connection with this transaction.
No amendment or modification of this Agreement shall be deemed effective,
unless or until, it is executed in writing by the parties hereto.
This Agreement, having been executed and delivered in the State of Nevada,
its validity, interpretation, performance and enforcement will be governed by
the laws of that state.
It is mutually agreed that all of the terms, covenants, provisions, and
agreements contained herein are severable and that, in the event any of them
shall be held to be invalid by any competent court, this Agreement shall be
interpreted as if such invalid term, covenant, provision, or agreement were not
The parties hereto consent and agree that any action to enforce this
Agreement or any provision therein or any rights hereunder or any action
relating to the employment of Employee with Employer shall be brought in the
State of Nevada.
Employer shall indemnify Employee whether or not then in
office, to the fullest extent provided for in Employer's Articles of
Incorporation or Bylaws, as in effect, or as may thereafter be amended, modified
or revised from time to time (collectively, "Employer's Articles"), or permitted
under the law of Nevada or such other state in which Employer may hereafter be
domiciled, against any and all costs, claims, judgments, fines, settlements,
liabilities, and fees or expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable
attorneys' fees) incurred in connection with any proceedings (including without
limitation, threatened actions, suits or investigations) arising out of, or
relating to, Employee's actions or in actions as a director, officer or employee
of Employer at any point during his employment by or service to Employer,
whether under this Agreement, any prior employment agreements or otherwise. The
indemnification contemplated under this Section shall be provided to Employee
unless, at the time indemnification is sought, such indemnification would be
prohibited under the law of Nevada or of the state in which Employer may then be
domiciled; Employer may rely on the advice of its counsel in determining whether
indemnification is so prohibited.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement at Las Vegas,
Nevada, on the day of , 20 .
SIERRA HEALTH SERVICES, INC.
P. O. Box 15645
Las Vegas, NV 89114-5645
Anthony M. Marlon, M.D.
9025 Greensboro Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134