Medical Institutions Law

Goodell DeVries Wins Summary Judgment on Behalf of Hospital

On November 15, 2013, the District of Columbia Superior Court heard oral arguments on a motion for summary judgment filed by Thomas V. Monahan, Jr. and Erin C. Miller on behalf of a D.C. hospital.  Convinced by the hospital’s argument that a non-employee orthopedic surgeon in private practice who provided non-emergent services to admitted patients was not the apparent agent of the hospital, the Judge dismissed the plaintiff’s apparent agency claim and entered summary judgment in favor of the hospital from the bench.  


Goodell DeVries Assists Medical Provider Secure Summary Judgment in Case Brought by Discharged Physician 

In Pojhan v. St. Agnes Healthcare, a medical resident who was discharged two months into his residency sued the hospital and the Program Director for wrongful discharge, discrimination and defamation. Goodell DeVries' attorneys Craig B. Merkle and K. Nichole Nesbitt defended the hospital and Program Director and secured summary judgment on February 25, 2011 before the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.


Goodell DeVries Assists Medical Center with Confidentiality of Peer Review Proceedings

In Baltimore Sun Co. v. University of Maryland Medical System Corp.,  584 A.2d 683 (Md. 1991), Goodell DeVries' attorneys, Donald L. DeVries, Jr. and Craig B. Merkle, represented an academic medical center in connection with a certified question to the Court of Appeals of Maryland addressing the confidentiality of peer review materials and the United States District Court’s authority to seal a public record in which the hospital had filed peer review information.