Physician sues Calif. hospital district, says he'll drop lawsuit if CEO is fired

A physician who has served on the board of Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Healthcare District since 2008 has filed a lawsuit against the district and two of its top leaders, according to The Desert Sun.

In his lawsuit, Michael Solomon, MD, claims district CEO Kathy Greco and board president Kay Hazen conspired to illegally spend public money for personal gain.

He specifically alleges Ms. Greco and Ms. Hazen pushed for funds to be spent outside of the district to help Ms. Hazen's private business.

Dr. Solomon further claims that Ms. Greco shared his personal medical information with others after using her position on the board to obtain the information. Dr. Solomon was admitted to Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Regional Medical Center in August after suffering a stroke, and he claims Ms. Greco shared that information with other board members to "create a question in the mind of the public and the electorate about (his) mental competence," according to the lawsuit.

Dr. Solomon's attorney, Clark Garen, told The Desert Sun that Dr. Solomon will drop his lawsuit if Ms. Greco is fired.

Although Desert Healthcare District officials said they cannot address the claims made in the lawsuit, a statement posted on the district's website calls the allegations "groundless," according to the report.

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