Hospital settlement talks include Buddhist Medical Foundation

The Buddhist Channel, Oct 10, 2006

After more than 7 months of silence, Bumrungrad Hospital has appointed new counsel and is in settlement talks with the father of Joshua Goldberg, who died of medical malpractice, neglience and other causes now under investigation by the "Thai FBI."

New York, USA -- After a 7 month protracted silence, Bumrungrad Hospital has appointed a new attorney to represent itself in talks with counsel appointed by James Goldberg, a father whose 23 year old son died suddenly and under mysterious circumstances at Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.

The case is under investigation (Complaint number is 1484/2549) by high officials of the Thai government and law enforcement who were alerted to suspicious circumstances by an unknown "whistle blower" on the morning of 24 Feb 2006 regarding the death of Joshua Goldberg, a 23 year old who had gone to Thailand to be ordained as a Buddhist monk.

Among the terms of the settlement, Jim Goldberg, Josh's father, has requested that Bumrungrad Hospital join him in establishing an independent foundation dedicated to the medical care of Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Thailand and elsewhere. Additionally, plant improvements to chosen monasteries and Buddhist facilities would also be eligible to receive funds for the improvement of their monasteries.

Mr. Goldberg announced in New York that he was prepared to domicle such a foundation if Bumrungrad Hospital were to supply matching funds. Although Bumrungrad would be a participant in this foundation, receipients of medical care would be completely free to choose whatever doctors and nurses they choose and which were prequalified by the foundation.

The Foundation, temporarily called the Buddhist Medical and Monastery Foundation, would be domiciled in Thailand under independent administration under the chairman ship of Jim Goldberg. Administration of the Foundation would, if these plans are successful, be administered as per Mr. Goldberg's wishes, by the international law firm of Herbert Smith under the direction of it's managing Bangkok partner, Mr. Alastair Henderson.

A search has begun for top experts to sit on this charitable foundation, established in the memory of Mr. Goldberg's late son, Joshua.

The endowment would begin with approximately $2 million US dollars, but will hopefully grow through the contribution of individuals and corporations around the world.

Mr. Chai Sophonpanich, the Chairman of Bumrungrad Hospital and the Chairman of Bangkok Bank would be invited to sit on the foundation committee. Mr. Sophonpanich, it has been announced, is to assume a high level government position under the new leadership of Thailand.

It is hoped that these talks and the establishment of the Foundation will serve as a living legacy to Mr. Goldberg's son and to the healing of the deep wounds resulting from the untimely death of Joshua on 23 February 2006 at Bumrungrad International Hospital, the self proclaimed leader in the emerging Medical Tourism market place.

Improvements in care at this hospital and appropriate management changes are also anticipated as a step in a positive direction in making the care at Bumrugrad truly worthy of international attention and to comply with the highest medical standards and codes of conduct.

Mr.Goldberg stated in New York on Friday, 6 Oct 2006, that he hopes Mr. Sophonpanich will use this opportunity to revive the reputation of Thailand as a serious player in providing world class medical care worthy of attracting a global clientelle for it's main business, Medical Tourism.

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