BOISE, Idaho -

The executive director of the Idaho Physicians Network says the owner of a Nampa-based medical practice felt pressure to sell to fast-growing St. Luke's Health System because he believed he couldn't compete if the company expanded into his region.

The Idaho Statesman reports Linda Duer's testimony was released this week in a federal lawsuit between the Federal Trade Commission, Boise-based Saint Alphonsus Health System and St. Luke's. Saint Alphonsus and the FTC contend that St. Luke's buyout of the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group was an illegal market-grab that gives St. Luke's an unfair share of the health care market.

Duer gave the testimony in Boise's U.S. District Court on Sept. 25, but it was initially redacted from trial transcripts.