A Maryland judge has denied a temporary restraining order filed against Chester River Health System board members as part of a broader move meant to scuttle merger talks between the hospital and the larger University of Maryland Medical System.
Joseph Aquilla, chief of surgery at 56-bed Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown, Md., is still seeking to prevent the merger with an injunction against the board, which he said is engaged in secret and sequestered negotiations, according to an Associated Press report.
A spokeswoman for the hospital called Aquillas lawsuit baseless.
Aquilla, an ophthalmologist with a private practice, has privileges at Chester River Health System, where he usually practices a few times a week, said Robin Klinefelter, vice president of development and communications at the hospital.
Chester River Health System has been in talks to merge with the UMMS for about a year, she said. Last year, six-hospital UMMS merged with two-hospital Shore Health System in Easton, Md., roughly 40 miles from Chester River Hospital Center. -- by Matthew DoBias