Nearby cardiologist Dr. Roshan Mathew is suing Owensboro Well being Regional Hospital along with two physicians — one presently at OH and 1 who formerly worked there. The civil suit alleges two physicians defamed Mathew with false allegations, resulting in his practice losing individuals and employees.
Mathew is the owner of Sophisticated Cardiology of Owensboro. The suit names the defendants as Owensboro Well being, Dr. George Dunham, and Dr. Karen Paape as defendants. Dunham performs for OH, though Paape now performs in Covington, Louisiana. The lawsuit was filed final week by Louisville lawyer Michael Merrick.
According to the suit, Mathew has practiced interventional cardiology in and about Owensboro for two decades. It says in that time he was offered complete privileges to practice at OHRH, and these privileges have never ever been restricted or suspended.
The suit says that Mathew joined the healthcare employees at OH in 2004 as a private cardiologist functioning for the Green River Heart Institute. The complaint says that about 2010 OH purchased Green River, creating Mathew a hospital employee.
According to the suit, Mathew voluntarily resigned from the hospital in 2016 to commence his personal practice.
“Certain administrators and hospital-employed cardiologists with this improvement, and they started to regard Dr. Mathew far more as a competitor than as a colleague,” according to the complaint.
The suit states that for the very first handful of years, Mathew’s private practice referred a lot of surgery circumstances to Vanderbilt University Center in Nashville or Jewish Hospital in Louisville. It says “OHRH did not seem properly-staffed to give cardiothoracic surgery in that the hospital contracted with locum tenens providers,” and that Mathew was not constantly comfy referring individuals to them.
According to the complaint, the hospital hired Paape as a CT surgeon and Mathew started referring some circumstances to her, but he “continued referring complicated circumstances elsewhere for the reason that he believed it in the most effective interest of his individuals to do so.”
The suit says Dr. Andrew Poret was brought on as one more CT surgeon and that Mathew started referring even far more circumstances to OH, but nonetheless “certain forms of cases” he referred to “health centers in bigger cities.”
The suit alleges that Mathew’s quantity of referrals to Paape have been “fewer by comparison” to Poret and that “Dr. Paape expressed aggravation to each Dr. Poret and Dr. Mathew about Dr. Mathew’s reasonably low volume of referrals to Dr. Paape.”
The complaint claims that shortly ahead of Paape left OH in March of this year, she had been “looking at healthcare records of surgery individuals not below her care … in order to submit complaints about Dr. Mathew to OHRH administration, and as a result get revenge on him for not referring sufficient circumstances to her.” The complaint additional alleges Paape “stated straight to Dr. Poret that she would get ‘revenge’ on Dr. Mathew and that she had a cardiologist supporter on the High-quality Committee who would ‘take care’ of Dr. Mathew.”
“Around the precise identical time in early March, the High-quality Committee informed Dr. Mathew that it was reviewing a handful of the circumstances that Dr. Mathew had referred to Dr. Poret for surgery, for the reason that of alleged excellent issues that had been raised relating to Dr. Mathew’s healthcare judgment to refer these circumstances for surgery,” according to the suit.
The complaint alleges Paape had referred the circumstances to the High-quality Committee and that her statements about Mathew “were knowingly false and communicated with malice in order to seek revenge” against Mathew.
The complaint alleges that the course of action for critique was “tainted” for the reason that it says 1 of the members of the High-quality Committee was Dr. Michael Kelly. The suit says for the reason that Kelly is a hospital-employed cardiologist, there is a conflict of interest. (Note: Kelly is not named as a defendant in the suit.)
The suit says that the High-quality Committee and Health-related Executive Committee have not informed Mathew “that they have taken any adverse action” against his privileges, but that “they have currently decided to take adverse action against him, ahead of even purporting to adhere to the course of action below the bylaws.”
According to the suit, Dunham is a member of the High-quality Committee and Health-related Executive Committee. It says Dunham “informed particular of Mathew’s workers that they ought to appear for new employment for the reason that Dr. Mathew will shed his healthcare practice in Owensboro as a outcome of the allegations ahead of the healthcare employees.”
“Because no formal action had been taken against Dr. Mathew at the time Dr. Dunahm produced these statements, the statements have been knowingly false. As a outcome of these very inflammatory and damaging statements, many of Dr. Mathew’s workers have resigned from his practice,” according to the complaint.
The suit claims the alleged statements by each Paape and Dunham “have now been repeated and disseminated several occasions to the healthcare employees of OHRH, the cath lab employees, other hospital workers, the Owensboro neighborhood, and Dr. Mathew’s patient base.” It says the harm to his patient base has brought on monetary harm.
Mathew is suing the defendants for defamation per se, defamation per quod, interference with enterprise relations, and denial of due course of action below the healthcare employees by-laws. He is looking for compensatory and punitive damages a declaration from OHRH hospital that it violated Mathew’s rights below the by-laws an injunction prohibiting OHRH from taking any action against Mathew’s healthcare privileges arising out of allegations submitted by Paape to the High-quality Committee attorney’s costs and expenses and trial by jury.
Owensboro Well being Director of Marketing and advertising Brian Hamby mentioned the hospital is following its policy of not commenting on pending litigation.