HealthcareLocal NewsDoctor Mary Bowden Sues Houston Methodist Hospital for COVID-19 Data, Financials

After sparring with the healthcare giant over COVID-19 treatments, Bowden says Houston Methodist is not complying with transparency laws for non-profit corporations.
January 18, 2022
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A doctor who resigned from Houston’s Methodist Hospital last year after having her privileges suspended has now filed a lawsuit against the hospital demanding data on COVID-19 and related financial information.

Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist who studied medicine at both the University of Texas and Stanford University, came under fire last year when she promoted Ivermectin and other early treatments for COVID-19 patients. Bowden also publicly opposed vaccine mandates, and in one social media post quipped that she would only be treating the unvaccinated. 

In November, Houston Methodist suspended her and publicly stated she was “spreading dangerous misinformation” about COVID-19. 

Bowden submitted a resignation letter two days later, but now says she is fighting back against what she says is the hospital’s “secrecy.”  

“Medical freedom has been hijacked by hospitals, big pharma, insurance companies, and the federal agencies,” said Bowden during a press conference on Monday in Houston.

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Since state law requires non-profit tax-exempt corporations to provide certain information to the public, Bowden and fellow plaintiff and investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino requested financial data from Methodist Hospital and its related physicians organization in November and December of 2021 but say they have received no response.

According to the suit filed in state district court Monday, plaintiffs are requesting financial documents detailing all revenue generated at the hospital through the COVID-19 vaccination program, including details about reimbursements or payments from government, insurance companies, and patients. They are also requesting information about any financial arrangements with pharmaceutical companies for COVID-19 treatments. 

Bowden said Monday the public should know whether Houston Methodist has benefited financially for prescribing Remdesivir, an experimental drug pushed early in the pandemic by Dr. Anthony Fauci. The World Health Organization has warned against use of Remdesivir, and studies have shown side effects include kidney and liver damage that can lead to renal failure, but the U.S. National Institutes of Health lists the controversial drug as an approved treatment option. 

Additionally, Bowden says the hospital should make public the number of recently admitted COVID-19 patients who were fully vaccinated, how many employees are experiencing breakthrough infections, and how many of “the 2,879 patients who have died of COVID” at Houston Methodist hospitals were denied early treatment protocols.

“I want to make this clear, I’m not seeking any financial gains from this or personal gain, I’m simply seeking the truth, which we all deserve,” said Bowden.

Noting that in 2019 Houston Methodist listed $4 billion in assets, Bowden thinks the public should have information on how much those assets have increased, how much the top 10 executives of the hospital are now earning, and information on bonus pay provided to hospital employees since the onset of the pandemic. One non-profit watchdog group reports the hospital’s net assets are now at $4.9 billion.

Alongside Sylvia Anderson, a patient Bowden recently successfully treated for COVID-19 with a combination of steroids, Vitamin C, and high doses of Ivermectin, Bowden also took aim at media coverage of her conflict with Houston Methodist.

Regarding a recent story that complained she still had her medical license “despite continuing to promote false claims about vaccines and the virus,” Bowden said the author had never contacted her and did not bother to examine her education and experience to offer a balanced view.

Bowden has also hired Jennifer Bridges, a nurse fired from Houston Methodist for refusing to comply with the hospital’s vaccine mandate for all employees. A lawsuit over the mandate filed by Bridges and other hospital employees remains pending on appeal before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court.  

Plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Mitby told The Texan he expects to succeed in the courts. “I expect we will get these records. It’s state law.”

In response to a request for comment on Bowden’s lawsuit, a Houston Methodist spokesperson declined to comment and referred The Texan to previous statements.  

Bowden, who has essentially transformed her direct care ENT practice into a COVID-19 treatment clinic, has vowed to continue to treat patients and share information on successful treatment of COVID-19 patients. She said she will also be joining Dr. Peter McCullough and other doctors at a rally in Washington, D.C., at the end of  January.

“We all know that early COVID treatment works, it saves lives, and I’m not going to be silenced, intimidated, or bullied by Houston Methodist, Houston Chronicle, or anyone else who wants to target physicians that question the narrative.”

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Holly Hansen

Holly Hansen is a freelance writer living in Harris County. Her former column, “All In Perspective” ran in The Georgetown Advocate, Jarrell Star Ledger, and The Hill Country News, and she has contributed to a variety of Texas digital media outlets. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a degree in History, and in addition to writing about politics and policy, also writes about faith and culture.