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UPDATE: Congressional candidate Lee Rogers sues Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Posted: April 28, 2014 2:32 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 4:56 p.m.

Congressional candate and Dr. Lee Rogers during a recent candidates forum at College of the Canyons. Signal file photo

Simi Valley podiatrist Lee Rogers, a candidate in this year’s race to represent California’s 25th Congressional District, is suing the hospital that contracted his services, claiming a doctor there bad-mouthed him, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Signal.

Rogers filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week against Valley Presbyterian Hospital of Van Nuys.

Rogers had been performing outpatient services at the hospital as co-medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center. However, he “terminated his affiliation” with the hospital in November, according to his lawsuit.

“Recently, I filed a breach-of-contract complaint against Valley Presbyterian Hospital,” Rogers said Saturday.

“I was never an employee of VPH, but as a doctor and small-business owner I was contracted to provide outpatient services to VPH,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Signal. “Prior to filing my complaint, I sought to resolve our disagreement through other means, but unfortunately I was not successful.

“I am confident my business did all it could to resolve this dispute in a less contentious manner and I am equally confident my complaint will be handled forthwith in a timely fashion,” he said.

Pegi Matsuda, senior vice president of community and market development for the hospital, said Monday: “We are certainly aware of the suit but we don’t comment on lawsuits.”

The lawsuit claims a doctor at the hospital “disparaged Rogers, and Rogers’ performance, on numerous occasions since Nov. 27, 2013.”

The suit further claims the doctor:

- contacted the owner of “a well-known medical conference” and told him that “Rogers had been fired.”

- sent an e-mail to “prominent physician colleagues” saying Rogers had been dismissed as co-director of the Amputation Prevention Center.

- contacted “at least five prominent American doctors” and told them Rogers had been fired from the hospital.

In framing his argument, Rogers points to a section of the contract agreement between the hospital and the Amputation Prevention Center about the issue of disparaging comments.

The section highlighted in the lawsuit reads: “The hospital, including its affiliates, owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, attorneys and advisers, will not disparage (Rogers) or (Rogers’) performance in any way.”

Rogers, a Democrat, is one of eight declared candidates to represent California’s 25th Congressional District. The district takes in all of the Santa Clarita Valley along with portions of the Simi and Antelope valleys.
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