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In a lawsuit filed November 11, orthopedic surgeon Scott Duncan, MD, accused OrthoSC, a South Carolina-based orthopedic group, of intentionally sabotaging a residency program in the making in order to preserve its monopoly.

Along with OrthoSC, Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand Regional Medical Center (GSRMC), HCA Physician Services, and orthopedic surgeon Gene Massey, MD, were named as defendants in the complaint.

In the lawsuit, Duncan's attorneys wrote that HCA recruited him in 2017 when he was working as the chairman of the orthopedic surgery department at Boston University.

Duncan accused HCA of wrongfully terminating his employment contract in April and revoking his hospital privileges without explanation as a direct result of Massey's threats to GSRMC. He is suing HCA for breach of contract; failing to pay him his promised compensation, including his base annual salary; and for violating the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act. Duncan and his attorneys are seeking a trial by jury, in addition to monetary damages, according to the lawsuit.

An organization closely linked to one of Florida's biggest business-lobbying groups gave more than $1 million last year to the dark-money nonprofit at the center of Florida's "ghost" candidate scandal, according to records obtained Thursday by the Orlando Sentinel.

In a tax return filed this week with the Internal Revenue Service, the Tallahassee-based nonprofit called "Let's Preserve the American Dream Inc." reported that it gave $1.15 million in 2020 to "Grow United Inc.," another nonprofit that in turn provided more than a half-million dollars used by Republican strategists to promote obscure independent candidates in three key Senate races - including the Orlando-area race won by Sen. Jason Brodeur of Sanford.

Both groups are dark-money nonprofits that do not reveal their donors. But Let's Preserve the American Dream has extensive ties to Associated Industries of Florida, the corporate-lobbying group whose biggest donors include utility giant Florida Power & Light, sugar growers Florida Crystals and U.S. Sugar, theme-park operator Walt Disney World, and for-profit hospital chain HCA Healthcare.

Larry Enlow, a Gulfport musical fixture and co-founder of Enroy Foundation, a local arts charity, died on Sept. 11 after being admitted to Palms of Pasadena hospital with COVID and pneumonia.

Kilroy was surprised to learn that Enlow’s death certificate only listed the cause of death as myocardial infarction — the medical term for a heart attack. COVID is not listed on the death certificate Kilroy provided to The Gabber.

Death certificates are also key to how public health agencies track COVID and other causes of death.

Enlow died at Palms of Pasadena hospital — which is owned by HCA Healthcare and its regional arm, HCA West Florida.

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