A physician who allegedly made death threats to the former chief executive officer of Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital was suspended last month by the hospital board. The reason for the suspension wasn't disclosed.
Nearly five years ago, the physician, Khem Khooblall, M.D., was declared responsible by the Parma Community trustees for sending death threats to Parma's former administrator, Bernard Schlueter. However, the hospital took no disciplinary against Dr. Khooblall at that time.
Dr. Khooblall has denied making the threats. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office investigated last year but didn't press charges (Oct. 25, 1993, p. 66).
Mr. Schlueter, who was fired, sued and reached an undisclosed settlement with Parma (May 25, 1992, p. 18). He now is in charge of healthcare reform for the Ohio Health Department.
A spokeswoman for the hospital declined to comment on Dr. Khooblall's suspension, citing a state law prohibiting comment on peer-review decisions. Dr. Khooblall also was unavailable for comment.
However, according to sources familiar with the peer-review action, Dr. Khooblall was suspended for one month and will be on probation for five years. It was unclear whether Dr. Khooblall's privileges were restricted.
A March 28 memo from Renato Cutarelli, M.D., Parma's medical staff president, indicated to various departments that Dr. Khooblall's services "will be unavailable (at the hospital) until further notice."