An Open Letter to the People of Brevard County
A federal court has set the record straight.
Ruling in favor of Parrish Medical Center and against seven oncology physicians
who demanded to remain on our medical staff despite failing to comply
with requests for patient data relating to patient quality care initiatives,
the federal court has declined to overturn Parrish Medical Center’s
decision not to renew the medical staff privileges of these physicians.
We share this with you because misinformation in the public domain has
misled many in our community.
We all appreciate and understand that healthcare quality and safety standards,
regulations, and practices are part of providing you with the best possible care.
It was with careful consideration that Parrish Medical Center last year
decided not to renew the hospital privileges of the seven physicians.
These physicians failed to provide patient data required by our cancer
program and, more importantly, to ensure our patients receive the highest
Our cancer program is Brevard County’s longest continually accredited
hospital cancer program (since 1989) by the American College of Surgeons
Commission on Cancer (CoC).
For patients’ protection, benefit, safety, and care, Parrish Medical
Center demands compliance with its rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Patient quality care initiatives are important to our patients and our
community, and Parrish Medical Center—per medical staff bylaws and
hospital rules, regulations, policies and procedures—appropriately
declined to renew these seven physicians’ medical staff privileges.
On Feb. 4, 2019, U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. issued the federal
court’s order denying the seven physicians’ demand to be reinstated
to the medical staff.
Among Judge Dalton’s findings: “Each reviewing body at Parrish
Medical Center found that Plaintiffs’ failure to comply with Parrish
Medical Center’s request for patient data hindered the cancer program
and the delivery of quality of patient care and could cause the loss of
accreditation in the future.”
Patients and families who are battling cancer deserve the highest quality
and most compassionate care, and the confidence an accredited program
The seven physicians claimed that their due process rights had been denied
and that Parrish Medical Center’s Bylaws were breached. After considering
the request by the seven physicians to be reinstated to the medical staff,
the federal court denied the request. After receiving what the federal
court said was a “full panoply of due process protections,”
the federal court validated the review and decisions of Parrish Medical
Center’s medical executive committee, board of directors, and administration.
We serve as the areas only independent, not-for-profit, public, community
medical center that invites continuous and rigorous testing of our processes
and procedures against national best practices. It is why we earn and
sustain among the highest quality and safety rankings from many nationally
recognized regulatory and quality assessment agencies and organizations,
among them Consumer Reports, J.D. Power & Associates, the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the international Patient Safety
Safety, loyalty, integrity, compassion, excellence, and stewardship are
the values we live by. We will uphold these values as we continue to serve you.
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