- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis health care company is parting ways with a neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman’s brain last year.

SSM Health Care spokesman Steve Van Dinter on Wednesday confirmed that the contract with Dr. Armond Levy was not renewed. Levy said in a statement provided by SSM that the current contract expires in mid-October. He said the parting is amicable.

Van Dinter said Levy was not fired and the decision had nothing to do with the surgery on Regina Turner, 54, of St. Ann, Missouri. He said the two sides were unable to come to terms on a new contract.

Turner’s attorney, Alvin Wolff Jr., said she suffers from Cadasil Syndrome, a disorder that raises her risk of stroke. She went to SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri, in April 2013 for surgery on the left side of her brain aimed at reducing her stroke risk.

The surgery was instead performed on the right side of her brain. SSM Health Care apologized at the time and acknowledged the mistake.

When a lawsuit was filed last year, Wolff said the botched surgery left Turner with potentially lifelong medical problems, with garbled speech and using a wheelchair. He declined to discuss details about the former paralegal’s condition Wednesday but confirmed that the lawsuit was settled in January. Details of the settlement were private.

“I can disclose that this case has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved,” Wolff said. “In the long run, everybody did what they should.”

Levy is among eight neurosurgeons who are part of SSM’s Neurosciences Institute. The health system website says all eight operate at several SSM hospitals in the St. Louis area.

SSM, based in Creve Coeur, Missouri, operates 18 hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.



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