Houston Doctor Took Memorial Hermann Hospital to Court and Won
Dr. Miguel Gomez has been locked in a legal battle with Memorial Hermann Hospital for four long years. Last week, the court ruled in Gomez’s favor, awarding him $6.4 million (though Memorial Hermann says they suspect that the judge will lower the reward.) Inspired by the strength of his grandfather, Gomez decided to pursue his legal claim against the large, successful hospital because he felt threatened after he questioned the safety of the conditions he worked under while in residence at the hospital.
“I saw them placing business and profits before patient care,” Gomez told KHOU, adding that he saw employees doing jobs that weren’t trained for and that sometimes operating rooms would be left with the wrong equipment. He says that once he complained, he was penalized by only receiving a few patients a week instead of a few a day, and his reputation was smeared.
The Houston Chronicle explains that the court found that Memorial Hermann “defamed his reputation in an effort to protect its business from other hospitals and competitors.” Gomez said they even manipulated data to look like his patients suffered after being in his care.
Memorial Hermann maintains that they stand by their data and their system of collecting data on each surgeon. They called the court’s ruling “disappointing.”