1 While Dr. Joan Cardone, Dr. Joseph Reda and two healthcare corporations were also
named in plaintiff’s suit, prior to trial, these parties were voluntarily dismissed as defendants.
December 5, 2007
STEPHEN GARLEY, Individually and as Special ) Appeal from
Adm'r of the Estate of Pauline Garley, Deceased, ) the Circuit Court
) of Cook County.
COLUMBIA LaGRANGE HOSPITAL , SCOTT )
MULTACK and CARLA MITCHELL, )
(Advanced Health Care For Women, Ltd., Joan )
Cardone, Joseph Reda, and Western Springs Family )
Practice Center, ) Honorable
) Donald J. O'Brien,
Defendants). ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE QUINN delivered the opinion of the court:
This interlocutory appeal arises out of a medical malpractice action filed by plaintiff,
Stephen Garley, against defendants Columbia LaGrange Hospital (the Hospital), Scott Multack,
D.O., and Carla Mitchell, M.D. 1 In April 1998, plaintiff’s decedent Pauline Garley was a patient
at the Hospital and underwent a series of abdominal surgeries on April 28, 1998. The surgery