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Dorough drops case against Phoebe

Bo Dorough, left, and Corleen Thompson

Bo Dorough, left, and Corleen Thompson

ALBANY — Documentation from the Dougherty County Clerk of Courts indicates that Bo Dorough, an attorney who acted on behalf of Dr. Corleen Thompson to attempt to halt the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center, has dropped his case.

A general civil case final disposition form filed by Dorough Thursday established that he intended to dismiss the action without prejudice.

“We are pleased the plaintiff has chosen to terminate this litigation,” Tommy Chambless, senior vice president and general counsel for Phoebe Putney Health System, said in a statement. “Our attention is on our mission, and we look forward to moving on and focusing Phoebe’s resources on the health and welfare of the citizens we serve.”

This comes a week after officials with the health system officially closed the deal on Palmyra, which is now known as Phoebe North. On Dec. 16, ownership of the facility changed hands from the Hospital Corporation of America to the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.

Just days before the transaction closed, Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss denied a temporary restraining order requested by Dorough last month on Thompson’s behalf to halt the acquisition.

Following Goss’ refusal to grant the order, Dorough told The Albany Herald that he still intended to move forward with the claims in the suit he filed in November.

In that suit, filed against the authority, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Putney Health System and Palmyra contended, among other things, that authority members violated their responsibilities as public trustees by failing to question Phoebe’s attempted buyout of its competitor.

Dorough also asked in the suit that, in the event the buyout is followed through on, the court set aside the pending lease agreement between the authority and Phoebe Putney Health System that would govern the use and operation of the new hospital, that the court declare the authority’s current lease with Phoebe invalid and that the court enter a judgment that Authority Chair Ralph Rosenberg and Vice Chair Dr. Charles Lingle had breached their fiduciary agreements and assess compensatory and punitive damages against them.

When The Herald attempted to reach Dorough for comment Thursday, a reporter was told he had left the office on an emergency and would not be back in the office until today.

Comments

Cartman 2 years, 8 months ago

How does Phoebe administration sleep at night?

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ameek86 2 years, 8 months ago

On top of giant piles of cash.

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PumpkinEater 2 years, 8 months ago

Not sure what the point of it was anyway.

Phoebe provides a lot of services to this community. Indigence and poverty are a reality of this community, and Phoebe is responding to that. Undoubtedly, it must shift some of the costs to those companies and persons who can pay. Phoebe also is constantly reinvesting in facilities and equipment, a must in a top medical center. That takes reserves and cash. The investment has payed off by providing quality services.

Phoebe is one of the few growth industries in this market, bringing in professionals and providing top-paying jobs at many levels.

It is doing the responsible thing by providing a PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) by voluntarily paying the half-million plus in property taxes that Palmyra paid, although Phoebe could apply to take the property from the tax rolls.

I have zero relationship with Phoebe or any person at Phoebe. Nor am I a booster of any sort. But I do think it is fair to be specific and objective as to criticism and accolades. I do not see Phoebe as the sinister juggernaut that y'all seem to characterize it as. It does some pretty good things in this community.

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bubbavet 2 years, 8 months ago

BEFORE I WAS FORCED TO DROP MY HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST, I DISLIKED PHOEBE. I CHANGED MY MIND WHEN MY WIFE GOT CANCER. PHOEBE AND THEIR STAFF WERE MORE THAN WONDERFUL. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE WHAT THEY DID FOR US. MY CHARGE CARD IS SMOKING, BUT THEY DID NOT REFUSE US BECAUSE WE DID NOT HAVE THE HALF MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE BILLS.

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