Tampa, Florida - Attorney Barry Cohen has filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in against Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and its parent company, Hospital Corporation of America.
Cohen represents 8 cardiologists who worked in the hospital's cardiac catheterization lab. According to the suit, all of the doctors are of Hispanic, Indian or Arab descent and claim they lost their hospital privileges because of their race.
The suit also alleges that HCA ordered,""selective reviews of certain interventional cardiology programs staffed with a large number of minority physicians with ethnic characteristics.
In his suit, Cohen also asserts another reason for the review, "because of a shortfall in bypass surgeries compared to interventional procedures and the resulting loss of revenue."
According to Kurt Conover, a spokesman for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, "This is related to an issue from 2004 when, as part of a comprehensive quality assurance and patient safety program, the administration at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point initiated and commissioned a quality review, conducted by an independent third party, of the hospital’s catheterization lab. The actions we took at that time were solely to further the hospital’s healthcare quality."
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