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OK Hospital vs. Garth Brooks: Guess Who Won?

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2012

Integris likely will not use that quote as a centerpiece for its next fundraising campaign.

This ill will could have been avoided. After all, Brooks was acting in good faith when he made the donation. ICVRH had years to resolve the issue behind closed doors in a way that would have made everyone happy, and which would have held the good graces of a very wealthy and influential donor.

A confidential resolution would have been vastly cheaper than the verdict and the mountains of bad publicity this has generated.

This was not a frivolous lawsuit. Brooks was not trying to game the system. It was clear to the jury that the singer believed he was honoring the memory of his mother. Frankly, $500,000 is chump change for a man who has sold more albums—89 million in the US alone—than any other individual in the history of recorded music. Whether or not he was in the right, legally, is almost irrelevant. Folks, he was fighting for his mama!  

In the end, this suit became a question of who to believe: Moore or Brooks. The jury believed Brooks.

ICVRH has not said if it will appeal the verdict. They should listen to the jury.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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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