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Dr Mary Talley Bowden, who resigned her privileges to admit patients after the temporary suspension, announced on Monday that she would take legal action against the hospital. A petition – similar to a request for records – was then filed on his behalf seeking documents related to any income the hospital has made from its COVID-19 vaccination program and treating patients with complications. of the coronavirus.

The suspension stems from Bowden urging against COVID-19 vaccines for children and those with natural immunity. On her Twitter account, she promoted the unproven benefits of ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that federal health officials have warned is not an approved treatment for the virus.

The doctor, an ear, nose and throat specialist, had never admitted a patient to hospital before his suspension, medical officials said.

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At a press conference Monday outside Bowden’s private practice, she said the request for information followed repeated attempts by her and consultant Wayne Dolcefino to obtain hospital documents.

The petition filed in the 234th District Court cites the right to review records of nonprofits through the state’s Business Organizations Code – which requires a nonprofit corporation to maintain “records, books and annual reports on the financial activity of the company” for at least three years. . Both the hospital and the THM Physician Organization are nonprofits and are named as defendants in the petition.

He also asks for the following documents: records detailing income related to the treatment of COVID-19 patients, contracts with pharmaceutical companies for treatment related to COVID-19, salary of senior hospital staff, tax returns recent and Methodist employee bonuses.

The petition included requests that Dolcefino and Bowden filed separately in November and December to review the documents. The hospital never responded, Bowden’s attorney Steven Mitby said Monday.

Mitby likened the litigation to a request for documents in a petition. Bowden is not seeking damages, he said. The petition was filed in the Harris County Clerk’s Office as an administrative appeal.

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Dolcefino said the financial records and Bowden’s suspension from the hospital are unrelated, but will help his own examination at the hospital.

“I’m investigating Methodist Hospital to determine how much COVID money they made,” he said. “His interest is to find out what may have been the potential motive behind Methodist’s conduct.”

Houston Methodist Hospital declined to comment on the litigation after Bowden’s press conference.

The hospital objected to Bowden’s use of social media to express “personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments,” officials said. Bowden also claimed to have treated more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients. Outside her office, she stood next to a woman she claimed to have treated with high doses of ivermectin.

She identified the woman as Sylvia Anderson and said she treated her with steroids, vitamin C and ivermectin.

“If she had gone the traditional route, she would be in the hospital or worse right now,” Bowden said.

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