LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel today rejected California Cancer Specialists Medical Group’s (CCSMG) request for a preliminary injunction against City of Hope, and Oncology Specialists of COH and its President Dr. Alexandra Levine, finding that CCSMG failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits of its claims at a future trial.
The judge, in her ruling from the bench, said her decision was based on several factors, including a lack of sufficient evidence of: direct or indirect control of Oncology Specialists by City of Hope, interference or inducement by Dr. Levine in her recruitment of physicians or potential harm to CCSMG that would warrant a preliminary injunction.
“We have followed a perfectly proper and legal course of action in moving to set up a non-profit medical foundation that will help our organization better deliver its mission,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., President and CEO of City of Hope. “The judge’s ruling allows us to continue creating the infrastructure that will provide improved patient care, increase physician leadership throughout our organization and preserve the sacred doctor-patient relationship.”
Oncology Specialists of COH, a new medical group now serving City of Hope, is currently contracting with managed care payers, recruiting additional physicians and its physicians are treating patients.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.