Forrest General claims victory in AAA Ambulance lawsuit after judge rules in the hospital’s favor
Years after Wesley Medical Center filed a lawsuit against AAA Ambulance Service, its CEO Wade Spruill, and Forrest General for allegedly denying local residents their choice of hospitals for trauma care, a judge has ruled in Forrest General’s favor.
“Wesley conceded that it did not have valid claims against Forrest General for defamation and tortious interference with business relations as originally alleged,” said attorney William N. Reed of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. Reed represents Forrest General.
“The court has completely agreed that AAA strictly followed state guidelines when transporting patients,” said Evan Dillard, president and ceo of Forrest Health.
According to Reed, the court ruled that Forrest General was not liable for conspiracy to restrain trade in violation of the anti-trust laws or conspiracy to kidnap patients in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
“In short, every claim asserted by Wesley was resolved in favor of Forrest General. Therefore, Wesley is not entitled to recover damages, and Forrest General and AAA will not be required to alter their business practices regarding the transportation and treatment of trauma patients,” said Reed.
Meanwhile, Dillard stated that Forrest General and AAA have continued to provide the highest quality emergency transfer care to the people of south Mississippi. In fact, Forrest General received the 2014 Patient Safety Award for Trauma, ranking the hospital in the Top 10% in the nation, Top 10% in the state and number 1 in the region for Trauma Care services, by CareChex, a division of Comparion.
“The lawsuit never diverted us from our mission and vision of providing world class care to those we serve,” said Dillard.