A $37 million settlement between the former owner of St. Joseph Medical Center and hundreds of patients of cardiologist Mark G. Midei who allege they received unnecessary heart stent procedures was approved by a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge on Friday.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Sylvester B. Cox had given preliminary approval to the settlement last month, which provides as many as 273 patients to get payments of at least $134,000 before lawyers' and other fees, and ends class-action suits in both Baltimore and federal courts.
The settlement represents another major step toward resolving years of litigation that followed after the hospital notified hundreds of patients that their surgeries — which involved inserting mesh tubes that hold open blocked arteries to improve blood flow — may have been unnecessary.
Midei was not named as a defendant in this case, which was filed in January 2010. He has denied wrongdoing since the allegations surfaced in 2009.
University of Maryland Medical System bought St. Joseph in 2012. Under terms of the sale, the hospital's former owner, Catholic Health Initiatives is responsible for any liabilities stemming from the lawsuits.