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Surgeon who operated on wrong side of St. Ann woman's brain to leave SSM

Surgeon who operated on wrong side of St. Ann woman's brain to leave SSM

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SSM Health Care has not renewed its contract with Dr. Armond Levy, the neurosurgeon that operated on the wrong side of Regina Turner's brain last April at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, health system officials confirmed.

Levy's contract is set to expire in mid-October, according to Steve Van Dinter, spokesman for SSM Health Care. He said the two parties were “unable to come to terms that were mutually agreeable.”

"I have chosen not to renew my contract with SSM Health Care-St. Louis. The current contract remains in effect until mid-October. At that time, SSM and I will part ways amicably," Levy said in a statement provided by SSM.

Van Dinter said Levy was not fired and that the decision to part ways had nothing to do with the incident involving Turner that was reported by the Post-Dispatch.

Turner, of St. Ann, was left unable to speak coherently after the incident and filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Levy and SSM Health Care last April.

The case is now closed after a settlement was reached in January, according to documents filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton and Alvin Wolff Jr., the lawyer who represented Turner.

Wolff said Turner is still unable to speak normally and is in need of around-the-clock care.

Levy is one of eight neurosurgeons within SSM's Neurosciences Institute who operate at multiple SSM Hospitals in the St. Louis area, according to the health system's website.

Samantha Liss is a business reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter @samanthann and the Business section @postdispatchbiz.


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