Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County | Malpractice Claims

Suburban Hospital is located in Bethesda (Montgomery County), Maryland. The hospital opened its doors in 1943. Suburban is a non-profit hospital, but a non-profit that is big business: its total revenue is about $400 million. In 2009, Suburban merged with Johns Hopkins Hospital, essentially converting this Montgomery County hospital into a Hopkins subsidiary. It is expected that Hopkins resources will finally bring about long-awaited expansion plans for the hospital. Suburban named a new president, Jacqueline Schultz, who took over the hospital on August 15, 2016. 

This hospital provides a variety of services, including emergency and trauma medicine, cancer, orthopedic, cardiology, and senior care. It has 233 beds and over 500 nurses. In the past year, there were 45,063 emergency room visits and 14,171 hospital admissions. Suburban is pushing their robotic surgery options, pitching it as a way to minimize scarring and shorten recovery times. They are performing robotic surgery in the areas of gynecology and urology, in particular. Suburban uses the da Vinci Surgical System, which is new to medicine and sounds great... but has a track record of problems and lawsuits. [Learn more here.]

Where To File Suburban Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Because the hospital is located in Montgomery County, the majority of Suburban Hospital medical malpractice cases are filed in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Montgomery County is generally viewed as one of the more conservative jurisdictions, but it is an efficient court and cases move quickly toward trials. In the right medical malpractice case, though, jurors in Montgomery County are as appalled by medical negligence as jurors anywhere else. Certainly, some of the doctors who practice at Suburban also have offices in other jurisdictions, including Prince George's County. So in some case, venue is appropriate in P.G. County, which is thought to be a more advantageous jurisdiction for plaintiffs. This is a successful motion we won to keep venue in Prince George County against another Montgomery County hospital - Washington Adventist Hospital. So, while there is no doubt that most cases against Suburban are going to be in Montgomery County, it is important to review all of the facts to determine the appropriate venue for the case.

Suburban Hospital's Defense Team

As part of the Johns Hopkins Medicine group of hospitals, Suburban Hospital is often defended in medical malpractice lawsuits by attorneys from the Annapolis law firm of Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein (often Daniel C. Costello). One oft-used tactic in these medical malpractice cases has been that plaintiffs' experts must be familiar with the standard of care required by a hospital in the same or similar community as the defendant hospital. This is called the "locality rule." The reality of the locality rule is that virtually every hospital must live up to the same standards - doctors are trained in identical fashion in medical schools around the county, and hospitals are accredited by the same governing body. But, particularly when plaintiffs' experts are from out-of-state (it is notoriously difficult to get a doctor to testify about the happening of malpractice in his own backyard), it may be difficult for those experts to have innate knowledge of the hospital that they are testifying against. Well-prepared plaintiffs' counsel routinely win these motions.

Ordering Records from Suburban Hospital

Every medical negligence case begins with a review of the medical records. We have reviewed many potential claims that appear on the surface to be clear cut cases of malpractice, only to see reasonable explanations for the care once they have reviewed the medical records. On the other hand, occasionally, what appears to be a questionable case, can later become much stronger after reviewing what the doctors did - or did not do - for the patient.

To collect medical records from Suburban Hospital, send correspondence to:

Attention: Medical Records Department

8600 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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