FLORENCE — The open heart surgery program at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital was again questioned by attorneys representing Helen Keller Hospital in a contested case hearing on two proposed health-care facilities planned for Florence.
Dennis Nabors, an attorney representing Helen Keller, asked Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital CEO Russell Pigg about the compensation arrangement for services rendered by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Constantine Athanasuleas. Nabors said the employment of Athanasuleas and Dr. Denis Raleigh, a cardiovascular surgeon at ECM, were part of a “scheme” to bolster ECM and RegionalCare Hospital Partner’s case for a 300-bed replacement hospital.
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