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.