Ex-Georgia hospital CEO, board member sentenced on federal charges

The Justice Department stated Union General Hospitals former emergency clinic director and board member David Gowder, MD, has also been sentenced for illegally dispensing opiates beyond expert practice and without a legitimate medical function. He pleaded guilty in March 2019..

According to details provided at trial, Dr. Heaton illegally prescribed hydrocodone and oxycodone to Mr. Gowder from 2012 through June 2015. Of the more than 15,000 hydrocodone and oxycodone pills Dr. Heaton prescribed to Mr. Gowder during that period, just six of the prescriptions were recorded in Mr. Gowders patient file.

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Mr. Gowder filled the prescriptions at drug stores in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina to attempt to hide the big numbers of pills Dr. Heaton prescribed him, according to the Justice Department.

John Michael Gowder, former CEO of Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga., has actually been sentenced to prison more than a year after he was convicted on 102 counts related to unlawfully obtaining more than 15,000 dosages of prescription pain medication for no medical function, according to the Department of Justice..

Mr. Gowder was founded guilty in October 2019 together with James Heaton, MD, after a two-week jury trial.

Mr. Gowder was sentenced to one year and one day in jail, Dr. Heaton was sentenced to 6 years and Dr. Gowder was sentenced to one year and six months in prison..

Dr. Heaton was founded guilty on the same counts as Mr. Gowder and another 27 counts of releasing prescriptions for oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone to 2 female clients beyond the normal course of professional practice and without a genuine medical function.

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