A former doctor at Cameron Memorial Hospital who claimed in a lawsuit he was fired because of his race appears to have died.
What that means for the 18-month-old lawsuit is unclear, but, according to paperwork filed in U.S. District Court late last week, Dr. Olabode Oladeinde has died.
Earlier documents filed in the case indicated the Nigerian hospitalist suffered from stage IV colorectal cancer.
In October 2012, Oladeinde sued Cameron Memorial Hospital, alleging he was fired because of his race, and asked a judge to prevent the hospital from damaging his reputation in a national physician database.
The hospital originally hired the Nigerian native to serve as a hospitalist, a physician who cares specifically for patients while they are in the hospital, in the summer of 2011.
Oladeinde, who originally practiced medicine in the northwest corner of Indiana, alleges the staff began complaining about him within days after he began working at the hospital – complaining about his accent and a lack of understanding about orders, according to court documents.
In December 2011, he was told to stop seeing patients until a meeting on Jan. 3.
But at that January meeting, Oladeinde alleges he was “called names, belittled, disrespected, alleged to have a dual personality and called a liar,” according to court documents.
By mid-March 2012, Oladeinde had received five letters from the medical staff quality committee about a variety of issues.
By early April, the hospitalist program was suspended after two other physicians on the staff resigned. On April 16, Oladeinde was put on a six-week probationary status. In June, the probationary period was extended indefinitely and his admitting privileges were suspended, according to court documents.
Oladeinde alleged hospital staff harassed him with repeated frivolous complaints and then terminated his employment on “account of his race and African accent” in violation of his Constitutional right to free speech, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Cameron Memorial administrators implied a threat to report Oladeinde's probationary status to the National Practitioners Data Bank, which could “severely prevent plaintiff from practicing his profession as a medical doctor,” creating an impediment to employability.
In their counterclaim, the hospital argued that Oladeinde failed to obtain the necessary recertification to practice internal medicine, which was a requirement of his agreement with the hospital.
A message left with the hospital's attorneys was not returned Monday afternoon.