Phoebe case dismissal upheld - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Phoebe case dismissal upheld

June 7, 2006

Albany --  A major court victory for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The Georgia State Court of Appeals upheld the decision by a Superior Court Judge to throw out a case claiming the hospital overcharged uninsured patients.  

It has been a long, costly battle for Phoebe Putney. A battle the hospital finally won. "This is a huge victory, because as you know, Phoebe Putney's been around 95 years and was founded on a mission of taking care of everyone who walks through our doors," said Phoebe Putney CEO Joel Wernick.

Many patients and critics of the not-for-profit hospital contend Phoebe makes millions of dollars every year partly by overcharging people who don't have insurance.

Wernick says that's ridiculous. "Frankly we believe this whole thing really had very little to do with the uninsured, and more to do with class-action lawyers wanting to get big legal fees."

The State Court of Appeals upheld the decision by Superior Court Judge John Harvey to dismiss the case, but not before it cost the hospital millions of dollars. "It's a very expensive way to confirm to the public that Phoebe has been and will continue to provide care for all people who come through our doors," said Wernick.

Doors that will always be open, but Wernick hopes this closes a door on the legal battles plaguing the hospital.  

Albany attorney Ralph Scoccimaro is one of the lawyers who filed the appeal with the State. He says he still believes Phoebe unfairly charges the uninsured and plans to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.

If the Supreme Court denies that request, the appeals court's decision is final.

A class action lawsuit was also tossed out in federal court. There is no plan to appeal that decision.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=PhoebeCourt/Colier

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:32:15 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:32:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly