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OK Hospital vs. Garth Brooks: Guess Who Won?

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2012

ICVRH President James Moore claimed in testimony that Brooks donated the $500,000 with no strings attached, and that the singer later asked that the money be used for a women's health center bearing his mother's name. The hospital wanted the money for other projects.

Brooks told the jury that Moore suggested naming a women's center after Colleen Brooks. "I jumped all over it. It's my mom. My mom was pregnant as a teenager," Brooks testified, according to media accounts. "She had a rough start. She wanted to help every kid out there."

Good luck with the cross examination, counselor!

According to the Tulsa World, the nine-woman, three-man Rogers County jury determined that ICVRH acted "intentionally with malice toward others." That sentiment was likely swayed when Brooks's legal team introduced a March 2009 memo from Moore to ICVRH staff which stated that "We may not deny Garth access to the money. However, we can sure as hell make him work to get it back."

It's not clear what Moore was hoping to accomplish by prolonging the fight. Did he want a drawn out and public legal battle with a deep-pocketed, living legend?

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2 comments on "OK Hospital vs. Garth Brooks: Guess Who Won?"


Lance (2/3/2012 at 9:29 AM)
So, the jury can identify with a multimillionaire instead of a tiny community hospital? My, oh, my this logic escapes me. Kinda like the Occupy Wall Street crowd who thought multibillionaire Steve Jobs was one of "them", the 99%.

observer (2/1/2012 at 4:14 PM)
The case was even more difficult for Integris when it came out that in the pitch to get him to contribute - they showed him mockups of a building in the hospital complex bearing his mother's name