As Titusville hospital aims to evict OMNI Healthcare, accusations between executives fly
Parrish Medical Center. Image via Facebook.

Parrish Medical Center
After allegations of false claims, Parrish Medical Center wants the care provider off its premises.

The relationship between a Brevard County hospital and a local provider appears to have further deteriorated.

The North Brevard County Hospital District filed a lawsuit against OMNI Healthcare and President Craig Deligdish to evict the company from the Parrish Medical Center. The court filing came days after Parrish Medical Center CEO George Mikitarian sued Omni leadership, including Deligdish, for defamation.

The falling-out comes months after OMNI entered a controversial contract to help administer surplus vaccines, even though the company already had a contracted arrangement with a hospital that allowed it to give shots.

The relationship soured significantly in mid-June when Frank Harrison sent an email to a retired Brevard County Circuit Judge. The email alleged Mikitarian and Parrish Medical Center conspired with another hospital to violate Florida’s False Claims Act.

The email from Harrison, also listed as a defendant in the defamation suit, outlines a potential conspiracy between Mikitarian and Jeff Feasel, CEO of the Halifax Medical Center in Volusia County, where millions of dollars were exchanged. “On the surface, it appears that Halifax and Parrish conspired and game the system whereby hospitals receive state and federal money for providing care to low-income patients,” reads the letter from Harrison.

Deligdish later sent a letter detailing similar allegations — using similar language — to Robert Jordan, board chair for the North Brevard Hospital District.

“On the surface, it appears that both institutions conspired to launder government money,” Deligdish wrote. “Your board approved these transactions knowing full well that they were illegal.”

Mikitarian’s lawsuit suggests Harrison may be a fraudulent alias for Deligdish; the hospital executive denies the accusations and said they had hurt the hospital substantially.

“This email is false in all of its allegations and is intended to injure Mikitarian’s reputation, harass and create emotional distress to Mikitarian and within PMC, and interfere with PMC’s work and health care mission in Brevard County,” Mikitarian’s complaint states.

The accusations about fraud, Mikitarian alleges in his complaint, were “willful, malicious, and intended to injure Mikitarian” and the Titusville hospital. Mikitarian is seeking at least $30,000 in damages.

The hospital, meanwhile, says Omni and Deligdish stopped paying rent last August.

“As of June 30, 2021, Tenant owes Landlord $464,044.25,” the eviction complaint states.

The hospital district served Omni with a notice of lease termination effective June 23, a day after Mikitarian filed his defamation suit.

“For patient and public safety reasons, it is imperative that PMC regain possession of the Premises in a timely and orderly fashion,” the complaint states.

For its part, OMNI responds to the eviction complaint by noting economic challenges tied to the pandemic and says any debt owed should be offset by breaches of a management services agreement on the part of the hospital.

Deligdish, the chief medical officer for OMNI, has tangled with Parrish Medical Center leadership before despite the tenant-landlord relationship with the hospital. In addition to talking down the hospital’s capacity to handle vaccine demand in March, an email purportedly from Deligdish accused Mikitarian and other hospital leaders of using positions on the North Brevard Economic Zone for personal financial gain, according to Florida Today. Mikitarian at the time denied sending the message.

 

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • Daniel Park

    July 20, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    It’s pretty pathetic that Deligdish has to create imaginary identities. (Frank Harrison et al).

    • Ron Arenson

      July 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      If I’m not mistaken – a “Frank Harrison” defending Deligdish in other articles on Florida Today. One comment by “Frank Harrison” seemed irritated by a misspelling of Deligdish. There also appears to be positive Google reviews of Deligdish by none other than a “Frank Harrison”. I think this is very telling. Deligdish=Harrison – it’s pretty clear.

  • Giarc Dish

    July 20, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    There is a website up with the whole saga of Deldishig:
    deligdishwatch.com

  • Marcus Hennington

    July 20, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    The man sues his own patients!

  • Rayan Abee

    July 27, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Its very informative article. By reading this article I come to know about a lot of things.

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