HOUSTON, TX — A doctor who was suspended and resigned from Houston Methodist in November is suing to gain access to financial records of the hospital and its physician's organization relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Mary Bowden, an ear, nose and throat specialist, filed the suit this week and is seeking no monetary relief outside of attorney's fees, court documents show.
Houston Methodist mandated its employees get vaccinated by June 7 last year, leading roughly 153 employees to leave their job or be fired.
The nonprofit hospital suspended Bowden in November over what Bowden claims were disagreements over the way she treated COVID-19, particularly over her use of ivermectin, and her objections to Houston Methodist's vaccine mandate, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit accuses Houston Methodist of refusing attempts in December by Bowden and Dolcefino Communications, the lawsuit's other plaintiff, to gain access and make copies of financial records relating to the hospital's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Court documents show Bowden and Dolcefino Communications are seeking access to documents that contain any of the following information from Houston Methodist:
Revenue generated from its COVID-19 vaccine program
Revenue generated from treatment of COVID-19 patients
Payments from pharmaceutical companies for treatments or use of specific drugs for COVID-19 patients
Compensation and identities of its top 10 executives
Tax returns filed after the 2019 return
Bonuses provided to employees after March 1, 2019
All financial records pertaining to the response of Houston Methodist to the COVID-19 pandemic