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Philadelphia Hand Center Sues Albert Einstein Medical Center in Court of Common Pleas

With no other viable options, the Philadelphia Hand Center’s Hand Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) has sued the Albert Einstein Medical Center for much-needed funding for the non-profit to continue promoting important research and education to the global community. This action was precipitated by Einstein’s refusal to honor an obligation under a letter agreement in which Einstein agreed to donate $50,000 per year for five years to HRF. The plaintiff is represented by John Hanamirian of The Hanamirian Law Firm.

In exchange for PHC’s educational, administrative, teaching and supervisory services, Einstein agreed to, among other things, compensate PHC at fair market value and make it possible for PHC physicians to give a significant commitment to developing a quality hand surgery program at Einstein.

The Agreement between the parties stipulated that for a period of five years or until the hand fellowship was established, Einstein would donate $50,000 per year to the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation, a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3). The purpose of giving to HRF was to assure that the fellowship intent component of the agreement was achieved during the pendency of establishing an actual hand fellowship. This funding is critical to continuing the Foundation’s work. The suit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, on June 19, 2015.