In Genchi v. Lower Florida Keys Hospital District, a Florida State Appeals Court took the opposite view from the Arkansas Supreme Court in Baptist Health, posted just last week, regarding the importance of preserving physician/patient relationships.
In Baptist Health, the Arkansas Supreme Court recognized the potential interference with physician patient relationships posed by the use of economic credentialing policies.
However, in Genchi, a Florida State Appeals Court failed to consider that issue. Instead, in weighing the public policy element necessary for establishing injunctive relief, the Court concluded:
“With respect to the fourth requirement, we conclude that he failed to establish that the public interest considerations weigh in his favor as the record demonstrates that the Medical Center has successfully recruited physicians to replace Dr. Genchi.”